150-Year-Old Technique Inspires Artist To Create Unusual Composites

Though obsolete, chronophotography was a Victorian era technique that captured movement in several frames of print. A predecessor of moving film and cinema, it could be arranged like animation cels or could be layered in a single frame. While originally created and used for the scientific study of movement, Spanish artist Xavi Bou has found a different use for the technique.

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By replicating this technique, Bou has captured flying birds in a most unusual and unorthodox way. By merging his photos together, the result is a rather alien-looking corkscrew winding its way through the sky. It’s actually rather unsettling to look at; it flies in stark contrast to our established reality.

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Bou has titled this project ‘Ornitographies’, and comes from his deep admiration for nature, especially for birds. A lot of this also stemmed from long and unforgettable walks with his grandfather, who taught him about the different species of birds. His interest in birds has only continued to grow since then, and is now reflected in this work.

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