Photos by Todd Forsgren
Photos of birds caught in nets, a method used by ornithologists to gather data, after which the birds are measured, aged, sexed and sometimes fitted with transmitters before they are released into the wild.
John James Audubon’s Monograph, Birds of America, and Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America were the first pieces of artwork I loved. I spent days studying and trying to emulate Peterson and Audubon as a bird-watching teenager. With these artists still on my mind, I set about on this project. I have chosen to photograph birds while they are caught in mist nets. Here, I find that the birds inhabit a fascinating space between our framework of the wild and unknown versus the measured and named. During this moment the captured creature can seem embarrassed or fearful or angry. It is a fragile moment before they disappear back into the woods, and into data.