A Birds Eye View

Nicki Gwynn-Jones is a Fine Art Photographer and is passionate about birds. She evokes a feeling of movement and abstraction through the use of multiple exposure combined with camera movement. Her work is of the moment creating spontaneous, unpredictable and often surreal results which are always unique.

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About The Artist
I have a passion for birds, particularly those that live at the water’s edge; from elegant egrets to the tiniest sandpipers, their lives are inextricably linked to the tides and to their environment. A minimalist, pared back approach allows me to celebrate their beauty, spirit and ephemeral nature as they become the stars of the show.

In keeping with my claim to be a visual artist, the challenge for me is to manipulate light from a fresh and unexpected perspective using my chosen tool – the camera. I favour high key light and sympathetic backdrops such as water and sky, and I prefer to photograph during the pre-dawn and post sunset periods when the light is grey, or to photograph looking towards the sun. Cloudy days are also ideal.

I have learned how to set the camera’s exposure so that minimal post-processing is required – I do not remove backgrounds in Photoshop. I often use a slow shutter speed in order to accentuate the movement of the subject. The revelation to me is that a blurred image can sometimes bring into focus an apparently chaotic scene in a way that a sharper image cannot.

I do not always want to show detail, but rather, I am evoking an emotional response to both the subject matter and to the location. A different approach can yield a different kind of magic.

In 2012 I was awarded a Fellowship in Visual Art by the Royal Photographic Society. I am also a member of both the Arena Group of Photographers and Landscape Collective UK and have work in private collections worldwide.