The Augurs

By examining the iconographic and symbolic significance of birds of prey, these large format photographic works allude to the transcendent or mystical associations conjured up by these animals. The title references the practice in ancient Rome of reading the flight of birds for prophetic reasons and interpreting these signs as good or bad omens.

Making particular reference to J.A. Baker’s canon of nature writing The Peregrine, the works reject familiar representations of nature and resist associations with the sublime or the pictorial. Here the birds resist meeting our gaze and are presented as distant, unknowable and fundamentally alien.

Special thanks to the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History.