“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Oh, wait. It actually is a bird!”
Photographer Xavi Bou snapped his first photo about 15 years ago. He kicked his career off in the fashion and advertising industries, but before long, his animal-loving roots took over. He itched to turn his lens toward the natural world.
“Like an amateur naturalist, I can recognize the tracks of many animals,” Bou said in an email. “One day I asked myself, ‘What track would be left by birds in flight?’
With that question, a new project was born one he calls “Ornitographies.”
Bou takes dozens of photos per second of birds in flight, often more than 1,000 in one sitting. Then he digitally stitches them together into a single image.
The results reveal complex, chaotic, and strangely beautiful patterns.
His work captures nature’s hidden beauty, which is anything but random.