title: Bird on a wire

medium: Fine art photography (organic photo montage)

printing: Archival pigment ink (epson k3) museum quality.

year: 2010
edition: limited edition of 99.


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The rich earth tone leaves and gum nuts (seeds) have always reminded me of the beautiful but harsh Australian landscape. I wanted to create an image which represented the outback of Australia without taking a photograph of the landscape. Instead I photographed & scanned eucalyptus leaves, textures and animals, which all make up elements of the landscape. Organic photo montage techniques where used to bring this image alive with layering, blending and sculpting in a virtual space. The animals here are all waiting and watching patiently for something to happen. Like a calm before the storm or a big announcement. The twisted wire symbolises the human element of working the land and the bird represents truth, which is often hidden in plain sight.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Maya Angelou.

 Like a bird on the wire the bush telegraph is the Australian country term for the informal casual network which spreads news and gossip through a region of rural or outback Australia.


Bird on a wire