Although Ornitographies is a current project, it has a somewhat distant origin, since it is born from the innocent and restless gaze of the child, who once was Xavi Bou.
The photographer’s admiration for nature, especially for birds, arose during his childhood thanks to unforgettable long walks with his grandfather.
Since then, the photographer's interest in birds has continued to grow, eventually becoming the focus of his project Ornitographies.
Ornitographies arises from the author’s concern for capturing those unnoticed moments and from the interest in questioning the limits of human perception.
Xavi Bou focuses on birds, his great passion, in order to capture in a single time frame, the shapes they generate when flying, making visible the invisible.
Unlike other motion analysis which preceded it, Ornitographies moves away from the scientific approach of chronophotography used by photographers like Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey.
The approach used by Xavi Bou to portray the scene is not invasive; moreover, it rejects the distant study, resulting in organic form images that stimulate the imagination.
Technology, science and creativity combine to create evocative images which show the sensuality and beauty of the bird’s movements and which are, at the same time, clues for those wishing to identify or recognize them.
In Ornitographies, the skill envied by men, the long lasting shared yearning of flying, is presented to us, extending our visual perception.
Art and science walk hand in hand to create images, which are no longer a single portrait of reality but become a witness of the instants that, for a moment, were past, present and future all at once.
Ornitographies is a balance between art and science; a nature-based dissemination project and a visual poetry exercise but above all, an invitation to perceive the world with the same curious and innocent look of the child we once were.