|Notes on ORNITHOLOGICAL STUDY||view bio|
An emotional current runs through this series of images about the relationship between animals and the scientific community who study, classify, and document them. Photographer Eric Slayton, himself an ornithologist, presents each bird (found lifeless in the woods near his Vermont home), against the backdrop of a nude female torso. Says Slayton: “She hides behind the bird in hopes that she will not receive the viewer’s focus, but the connection between her hands and the animal’s wings establishes a strong bond that renders her just as vulnerable and exposed as the bird in the foreground. She too can be catalogued and judged whether she desires to be or not.” The woman’s clear empathy for the birds she displays reminds us that there is more than science connecting mankind to the creatures we objectify and record.