Saturday, August 10, 2013

Icarus Series

All © Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this in any way, shape or form without my written permission.

This is a series of three. 
I have a thing about feathers and flying. I am terrified of heights and suffer from vertigo, so I have always felt jealous of birds who have wings and hollow bones that allow them to fly so they never have to fear falling, or rather smashing into the ground. There is such an amazing beauty in watching a bird in flight. Such freedom and happiness. 

The first of the three images is about the yearning when you look up and wish yourself to be in the sky amongst the clouds.
The second of the three images is about the gift of flight, being there and feeling the air holding you up.
The third and last of the three images is about the falling, not such a scary thing when you're a bird but terrifying for me.

All three images are edited photographs of feathers. I removed the colour and reduced them to a strong contrast black and white image, then overlaid them with a texture to remove even more of the original photograph before I added subtle colour back into the images. I wanted to create the feeling of Dürer's engravings.

All other images and textures my own or bought. Edited with Photoshop.

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On Redbubble you can also get stickers and kids/baby clothes of the first two:

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