Open Edition - Over Lake Turkana, northern Kenya
In the still of the night, just before sunrise, a magnificent creature builds it’s nest. You stop and watch as it carefully puts each spice, clove and branch that lay before it in place with meticulous detail.
As you stand and watch, you are struck by the tiredness of the creature that is clearly evident – though in no way takes away from its beauty. The sun begins to rise and the bird begins to stretch.
It’s feathers are a beautiful hue of gold and red – the Phoenix. It cranes it’s head back as it sings a haunting melody that stops the sun itself in the sky.
A spark falls from the heavens and ignites a great fire that consumes both bird and nest – but don’t worry. In three days, the Phoenix will rise from the ashes – born again.
There has always been much speculation into the inspiration of a creature as impressive as the Phoenix. Some hypothesize that the flamingo of East Africa could have served for at least part of the inspiration of the tale; after all, it lives in an area that is too hot for its’ young to survive. Because of this, it has to build a mound of earthen materials in order to elevate it’s nest so that the eggs and hatchlings can survive the heat.
It is said that the convection currents around the mounds created by this bird are similar to the movement of a flame, which could have been why the Phoenix was associated with fire in the first place.
A series of limited open-editioned, unsigned digital c-type prints are as sized below. These are in an edition of 100 prints per image.
C-type (Matt) Edition of 100 in total
Paper: 12 x 10 Image: 10 x 8
Price: UKP 100.00 plus VAT and shipping.