Freezing Motion / by Chris Maynard

 Feather shadowbox (detail), macaw feather

Feather shadowbox (detail), macaw feather

This is a tribute to very early photography when motion was stopped for the first time.  People learned all sorts of things by freezing movement—like how animals run and birds fly. The series of images of a songbird caught in flight were the type of thing that later were put together in pictures shown quickly one after another to give the appearance of movement—the first motion picture.  This is a close-up, using a Macaw feather, I cut the feathers to mirror a set of flying songbird images from photographs taken by Eadweard Muybridge in the late 1870s.