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Between 2010 and 2012 I worked on a portrait series photographing every species of Cockatoo found in Australia. This is Neville - a Major Mitchell cockatoo. He has sold out but he still makes me smile. I've always felt like he was getting his mugshot taken after getting into some kind of cockatoo mischief.
Hello to new followers who may not know my history. In 2008 I started working on a portrait series of budgerigars which was completed & exhibited in Sydney in 2010. This is Spencer, it's a work that has sold out, but I have started to work with budgies again for a major show next year. They are such great birds - although tiny they have huge personalities.
There are countless great people working around the world trying to save our wildlife. It is also thanks to them & their organisations that I am able to photograph bird life and share their stories. One such story is that of Sirocco, a very famous individual of the highly endangered New Zealand Kākāpõ species. He is their spokes-bird and became an internet sensation when he tried to mate with a cameraman on Stephen Fry's 'Last Chance to see'. (Google it). He is a large, nocturnal, flightless parrot and a true character. Here he is with Alisha who worked for @docgovtnz. Sirocco treated her like his personal assistant (he has his own mobile phone number). If you are in NZ you can meet Sirocco in September @orokonui_ecosanctuary @doc.gov.nz. They are expecting a significant breeding season this coming summer (they only breed every two to three years - population stands at 148 birds so any increase is significant). If you would like to support this important work you can adopt a kākāpō (temporary link in my bio)
It’s a wrap! A rather enormous thank you to my London gallery @purdyhicksgallery for hosting my Ornithurae exhibition. Artworks are available from them or if in New York , USA @olsengruin or if in NSW, Australia from @olsen_gallery. My next exhibition is pencilled in for October 2019. It will be my first in Australia for five 👀 long years!
If you are in London you can see my exhibition @purdyhicksgallery in South Kensington. The exhibition closes 24th of August. This very handsome Peaceful dove was beautifully cared for by the bird team @tarongazoo He is a small dove found in parts of Australasia and his call is a very distinctive and musical 'Doodle-Doo'.
Final days to see my work inside Bergdorf Goodman NYC @bergdorfs @lindasatbg
This is a beautiful male Regent Bowerbird from Australia. He calls the rainforests & densely treed gullies of S East QLD & N East NSW home. An immature male is brown & it can take up to five years for his plumage to change to this brilliant glossy jet black and gold. I was fortunate to meet him @Tarongazoo where they run so many conservation programmes. He can be seen in NYC @bergdorfs , through my Australian gallery @olsen_gallery or if you are in London you can visit my current exhibition @purdyhicksgallery until August 26th. Available as a limited edition artwork.
I can’t get Iceland out of my mind. The travel to the southern Westman Islands was an experience that will stay with me for life. I travelled a long way to meet and photograph the beautiful puffins of the @saeheimar_aquarium rescue centre.
Goodbye Iceland, hello New York. For now I say goodbye to the wonderful birds & staff @saeheimar_aquarium as well as the waterfalls, the natural hot pools, the breathtaking walks up steep cliffs, the never ending sun & the Icelandic people. I also say goodbye to Sigurbjörg, a puffin that was so hungry when she was rescued in 2017 she swallowed a whole capelin the minute she arrived in care. As often is the case with pufflings that don’t grow up in their natural environment, Sigurbjörg had problems with waterproofing & now lives here. Her dark grey face will turn white when she grows up. I found her to be so agreeable & easy on set but staff tell me that although petite, she stands her ground. She’s been seen squabbling with the guillemots which are twice her size. She likes to think that she owns the staff & enjoys standing on their heads, especially if someone is reading her a book. Her favourite I’m told is the Icelandic Bird Guide.
When I return to Sydney, Australia I’ll be giving a talk about my work at the Lucida conference. Other speakers are brilliant artists #petrinahicks @tamaradean @Craig.tuffin @shoufay #kimpercy as well as curator Allison Holland @acp.photo ... It’s an interactive professional development day for teachers in the arts on Thursday 6th of September with Lucida Learning @Sunstudios Sydney. However the conference is open to the public & anyone interested in the arts are welcome to attend. Early bird tickets end July 30. Temporary link in my bio - or go to www.lucidalearning.com.au/the-lucida-conference
From England to Iceland & I am in love. Not only are the people lovely, the scenery spectacular but the Puffins are incredible. I was lucky enough to work out of @saeheimar_aquarium In the Westman Islands of Iceland, the largest puffin colony in the world. It is not only an aquarium & museum of natural history, but also a rescue centre for birds. The birds that are brought here have all encountered some sort of difficulties - injury or exhaustion or oil in their feathers. Once recovered they are released. ... Sometimes, some can’t be released as they would not survive. Those puffins get to live here as residents and they have a charmed life adored and loved by staff. You can meet them too, it’s a brilliant way to get an opportunity to see a puffin up close when visiting Iceland. ... This is Tóti - found as a tiny lost puffling in 2011. As a puffling he was just a little ball of down and only weighed 95 grams. On the day he was found the local soccer team ÍBV won an important game. Staff were so happy about the victorious team that the puffling was named after the football player who had scored the winning goal. Therefore Tóti’s real name is Thórarinn Ingi Valdimarsson. ... On a side note the coach from this Island, who coached this year's World Cup team, is the island's dentist. ... Toti is the king here & rules over the staff & the other birds & is an absolute delight.
Soon I will be in Long Island for a special event in the US. My works are to be exhibited in a beautiful Stanford White home in the Hamptons curated by Carole Reed in partnership with my gallery @olsengruin If you would like to attend please rsvp to email@example.com I’d love to see you.
Say hello to Yogi the Umbrella cockatoo who forms part of my Ornithurae exhibition. I have photographed every cockatoo from Australia, so Yogi was a new experience for me as Umbrella cockatoos live in the rainforests of Indonesia - to the north of Australia’s rainforests. I met Yogi through Angela, a wildlife carer who was taking incredible care of him. Yogi was playful and so hyperactive, he made me laugh. He can be seen hanging in my exhibition: South Kensington, London @purdyhicksgallery or visit my NYC gallery @olsengruin who also have an edition. Any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all who came to my London opening @purdyhicksgallery last night. I had so many wonderful conversations and thanks for the great questions. A serious moment but there were lots of laughs.
The exhibition is installed and can be seen in South Kensington @purdyhicksgallery until the 26th August
“I’m really looking forward to attending the exhibition. I am nervous & excited & have had my red feet done. I didn’t plan to be a model. I just went along to help my friend find the casting location as I am *really* good at directions.” Exhibiting at @purdyhicksgallery London until 24th August. Photo taken @ontheperchbirdpark
The calm before the storm. This Peaceful Dove has a quiet moment after travelling from Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia to South Kensington, London, England. Exhibition opens next week - Thursday 12th July from 6 - 8pm contact @purdyhicksgallery
Hello London! Just arrived to a beautiful sunny day. Feeling a little jet lagged but very happy to be here. Here’s one of Australia’s most common pigeons. The Common Bronzewing. Such beauties. Exhibition opens on the 12th July @purdyhicksgallery
London calling. I’m soon to exhibit a selection of artworks from my Ornithurae series in the UK. The exhibition runs from the 13th July - 26th August 2018 @purdyhicksgallery I will be at the private launch on the 12th July, 6 - 8pm. If you would like to attend please contact the gallery as there are limited numbers. Email is email@example.com Packing my bags now to catch a big metal bird.