A superb capture. I'd want to let it go. sherri @ January 28, 2010
Nice to hear from you and see some new work. It looks like the break from your blog has had a serious effect on your images. Nice captures but where's the rusty old metal? Nobody photographs rust and decay the way you do. Martin Kelly @ January 28, 2010
He does look bad ass. That beak could peck your limbs off with frightening ease. Great shot. I tried a similar "portrait" of a cockatiel once but it didn't have the same effect. More comedic. This bird you have is f-ing fierce. Dustin @ January 28, 2010
man, what a fierce stare, what lens is this with? Hope you weren't too close.
Happy Birthday my fellow Aquarian! rhys @ January 29, 2010
He has a penetrating view - good, that there is fence between you both - a great shot. Cerstin @ February 15, 2010
Apart from the technical mastery of the photo, this image elicits symbolic interpretations (as all great art does).
Because of the great care you take in choice of subjects and the unusually high degree of expert composition that all your images display, the viewer is compelled to take them seriously and interpret them symbolically or allegorically as fine art.
Of course, all truly great art is an ambiguous metaphor that intentionally lends itself to multiple interpretations by multiple viewers. Propaganda and advertising images are very clear regarding interpretation, and therefore fall into the category of very unambiguous visual symbols : no matter how clever or masterful, they do not rise to the level of great fine art.
This image portrays a very powerful symbol of our nation that is a far cry from the screaming eagle motifs of yesteryear. Fiercely solemn, he is literally 'grounded' and far from free.
Our national symbol of freedom is perhaps wounded and definitely fenced in.
Or is he?
The fence is shown as broken segments of light that seem transient and breachable: and as far as we know, the photograher could be shooting from inside the cage out.
As usual, another gorgeous photograph of yours that elicits multiple meanings from discerning viewers (such as myself, of course !!!!).
The line between art and just another picture in photography can be a very fine one, but your images almost always fall one way- in the direction of fine art of the highest order.