Ingvild Melberg Eikeland’s photos are eerie and mysterious. While documentary in nature, the pictures in Of Birds and Men seem to depict something more than bird-watching men, like a ritual or a spiritual journey. The series makes me think of a poem, as does this statement about the work from the artist’s website:

As the spring migration approached, they gathered their equipment and directed their eyes to the sky.

Through forests, fields and along the seashore I followed them in their paths as the birds were returning to the north after a cold long winter.

They hung up their nets, adjusted their binoculars, put up their tripods.

Then we waited.

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