I've always been an observer, learning from the world through careful study and slight remove. Birds, Bones, and Other Once-living Things grew out of observing the natural world around me while living in a cabin nestled in the woods of the Ozark mountains, surrounded by a wild world of overgrown trees, crazy poison ivy that stands up on its own like trees, wild creatures, and rich, rocky earth. Plants from last season’s garden decompose under the protection of the trees and remain as shells of the previous season’s harvest. Old bones and animals carcases are brought like trophies to my front yard by our two dogs. Birds crash into my living room windows and fall to the porch. A few escape rattled, but unharmed after gathering their composure in my daughter’s gentle hands. Most, however, take their last breath in those hands. All become simple and quiet discussions about life, death, and regeneration. These images are an attempt to capture those moments, to understand and observe this beautifully fragile life lived out in our woods.
Untitled Specimen #0533: Exhumed from Structure
Untitled #0608: Collection of Bone Specimens
Specimen #24: Artifact of Investigation
Specimen #49: Frost, White-Throated Sparrow
Specimen #003: Skull, artiodactyla order
Untitled Specimen #9403
Untitled Specimen #221: Wing