“I discovered birds at age 69. Prior to that the only birds I knew the names of and recognized were crows, pelicans, seagulls and swans. Also parrots and parakeets. Otherwise, birds were part of the landscape but not noticed beyond that.
Identifying birds is still not important to me, but seeing them is significant. Seeing them brings me to seeing nature up close…whether in the wild or in the back yard.
Seeing the birds means seeing the plants and flowers, seeing the sky, clouds, bugs, seeing the light.
I’ve become a bird watcher and I look for birds in action; flying, eating, communicating with each other – or even on a post making eye contact. One advantage of photography is that you get to take the image with you. As a photographer of birds, I have the ability to remember the actual moment…what the bird was doing and where the photograph was taken. Now, four years later and with 20,000 images recorded, I still remember where the best images were taken.
Two new things in this collection are printing on metal and printing small. After years of printing as large as possible, most of these latest images are between 6 and 12 inches. At this size the subject must fill the frame. Color is important. These prints are infused into aluminum. They have an archival value and durability without the need for protective glass. The colors are extraordinarily vibrant and the depth of the coating gives a luminous quality that no paper print can achieve.
Exhibiting photography is new for me although exhibiting art is not. I produced and sold glass pieces in shows and galleries for over twenty years and spent 4 years producing high end art and craft festivals in convention centers. Recently I exhibited my larger framed photography in a group show at the UC Theatre in downtown Berkeley and a group show at Neilson Picture Framing on Solano Avenue. With the new medium of these smaller metal prints, I feel there is an expanded opportunity to offering my art to the public.” – Steve Haimovitz, 2017