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Claire Rosen’s Fantastical Birds of Paradise: Photography

Birds of a Feather
Locality: Bird Paradise, Burlington, NJ (Image: Claire Rosen)
Birds of a Feather Locality: Bird Paradise, Burlington, NJ (Image: Claire Rosen)

Claire Rosen is a New York based artist who has photographed a series of striking tropical birds against vintage wallpaper backgrounds titled Birds of a Feather. She was looking for a Toucan for a commercial and came across a pet store in New Jersey that suggested she come to the store to see the bird.

When Rosen arrived the store was full of the most amazing collection of exotic birds with such character. And as someone quite connected to fairytales and animals as a child, this eventually lead to the idea for Birds of a Feather.

The owners of the store were very accommodating to let her set up a small space in the store with her vintage wallpaper to photograph these birds. The birds were made comfortable, safe and not under any distress when she photographed them. And she just had to have patience as the birds don’t sit still for long.

Red Bellied Parrot No. 7799 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Red Bellied Parrot No. 7799 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Common Parakeet No. 7034 / Birds of a Feather. (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Common Parakeet No. 7034 / Birds of a Feather. (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Common Parakeet No. 7042 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Common Parakeet No. 7042 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

In an interview with Guardian Online Claire explains the process of choosing the wallpaper:

Rosen writes on her website:

Meyers Parrot No. 7367 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Meyers Parrot No. 7367 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Canary Wing Bee Bee No. 7746 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Canary Wing Bee Bee No. 7746 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Hyacinth Macaw No. 7677 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

Hyacinth Macaw No. 7677 / Birds of a Feather (Photography by Claire Rosen)

“I couldn’t stop chuckling when I was editing my images from the shoot,” she recalled. “The birds had such striking different personalities and expressions… I suppose I simply feel happy looking at them.”

Birds of a Feather is on exhibition March 14 – April 30, 2016 at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai.

Or visit Photographer Claire Rosen’s website for the full series.

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