Show Birds and colour blocking

A UK photographer who has focussed his eye and lens on subjects as varied as Santas, owls and – Great British seaside food of choice – the 99, Luke Stephenson has brought a lot of colour to his art genre of choice. In 2009 his motivation to explore the peculiarities of British culture led him to the world of show bird competitions where he began to capture the main spectacle – beautiful birds – for his book An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds. He spent seven years on the project, tracing ever more exotic species to shoot and each time positioning the birds in front of a complementing colour-block background to create what is one of his most glorious explorations yet. The body of work is being shown this month at The Photographer’s Gallery until 19 February. We’re predicting a resurgence of bird spotting and a lilac revival – see Bearded Reedlings, below for more information.

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Purple Honeycreeper #1 2016 © Luke Stephenson Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

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African Silverbill #1 2016 © Luke Stephenson Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

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Paradise Tanager 2016 © Luke Stephenson Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

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Bearded Reedlings #1, 2016 © Luke Stephenson Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

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Black-throated Bushtit #1 2016 © Luke Stephenson Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

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Owl Finch #1 2016 © Luke Stephenson Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

More information on the gallery and exhibition here.



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