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 shoot and came across a pet store in New Jersey that had one that was a bit cranky and un-coperative, so they suggested she come to the store to see whether she could work with 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 is where the idea for Birds of a Feather came about.
It took her a while to convince the owners of the store to let her set up a small space in the store with her vintage wallpaper to photograph these birds. And she had to have a lot of patience working with them as the birds don’t sit still for long.
In an interview with Guardian Online Claire explains the process of choosing the wallpaper:
“It was like picking out outfits for them,” she says.
“It wasn’t just color, it was more about my perceived idea of their personality: exotic, domestic, cheeky, confrontational.”
Rosen writes on her website:
“The birds mirror the careful, self-conscious poses of humans in a comical and unexpected way. Posed, the birds anthropomorphize as we attribute human emotion and intent to their expressions.”
“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.