The specimens came from the Nidology Collection at the Staten Island Museum, New York. I photographed them over two seasons using both a 4x5 film view camera and a digital camera. This process occurred in a temporary studio I created to utilize the natural light in a passage at the museum near the attic collection with the guidance of Edward Johnson, curator of collections. For years, the nest had been a recurring symbol. While living in New York, I discovered this collection while with a friend searching for her childhood home in Staten Island. I was taken with the nests’ loving conjoining of beauty, economy, and engineering.
17 x 22" Archival Pigment Prints