Traveller-photographer Pentti Sammallahti captures the mysteries of nature on his travels and among these, the world of birds. Coastlines, swamps, parks, endless plains, forest clearings, snowy landscapes… In These isolated areas, birds slyly revelal their presence. Like Visual Tales, his B & W photographs atthe to his extraordinary eye for detail, to light that sculptures spaces, to silent expanses of in which a human or animal presence is suddenly appears. The experience of the image is twofold: beyond its narrative virtuosity, his use of a two-colour process, with immaculate whites (as in the plumage of his swans or Pink flamingos) confronted with deep blacks, creatures a play of textures and powerfully renders a world in Which birds play a unique role.
This Book contitutes One of the two first titles of Des oiseaux(On birds) collection celebrating, through the vision of different artists, their immense presence in a world where they are now vulgar. Accompanying these photographs, the ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre showcases the relationship to the seasons that is a fundamental aspect of the life of birds. Where It exists, Winter is a major constraint that birds must be grapple with and that notably leads to strategies in their search for food and energy economy, or socialising. The author here associates the life of birds in winter with Pentti Samlaat’s photographs.