Interview: Photographer Sets Up Stages in Backyard for Birds That Come to Visit
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Interview: Photographer Sets Up Stages in Backyard for Birds That Come to Visit

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info. British fine art photographer David Travis is opening up about the creative process behind his spectacular photographs of garden birds. As a skilled photographer who dabbles in landscapes, portraits, street photography, and travel photography, Travis didn’t consider himself much of a wildlife photographer. This all changed, however, after he joined a local photography club. When one of his early photographs of a bird on a backyard feeder was deemed too tainted by human elements by a competition judge, Travis took up the challenge to better his work. Applying his documentary street photography style to wildlife photography, he honed his observational skills and then began constructing small sets to attract birds. After much trial and error, Travis has been able to produce increasingly complex imagery of birds seemingly in their natural habitat. In reality, they’re all just improv actors on the sets that the photographer has built in his backyard. Now, Travis is opening up about his process and how this early criticism forced him to reevaluate what he thought he knew about bird […]

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