|Notes on HAWK EYE STUDY||view bio|
In his work as a hawk bander, Eric Slayton captures nature’s most talented predators with nets, takes their measurements and tags them, then sets them free. But before releasing the birds back into the wild, Slayton documents them in black and white. “I take away their colors because I want to zero in on their powerful features, particularly their eyes, which are the key to their abilities as hunters,” says Slayton of these magnificent kestrels, merlins, and cooper’s hawks. Each brief encounter between man and bird lasts only about twenty minutes, but the recorded gazes that make up the series “Hawk Eye” seem to capture an eternity.