Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Nest Series, Sharon Beals

Sharon and I meet officially on a canoe trip years ago, and we both realized we knew each other through both of our various Chronicle book projects. She has been working on the nest series since the early part of 2007. Sharon has shown this work in print sizes up to 42x42 and the clarity and detail at that size is other worldly, she uses a variety of medium format digital cameras. Chronicle Books of San Francisco is publishing a book of this work, due out in Spring 2011.

"These photographs are the culmination of a trajectory that began after reading Living on the Wind by Scott Wiedensal. Interwoven amongst his essays about the amazing feat of bird migration is a call for habitat preservation and restoration; a subject that I have directed my lenses toward ever since with the hope of creating awareness of the beauty of native habitats through my art.

This immersion in the natural world inevitably led to the wonder of bird's nests as architectural feats that contain botanical evidence of the habitat in which they are built. In working with high resolution images, making larger than life prints, I hope to create a curiosity to a larger audience than "birders" about those builders and their survival needs. They are part of a work in progress for a book that will include information about their nesting habits and conversation issues.

The Nest Series has been created using specimens of nests and eggs dating from the 1800's to present day from The California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology."

Sharon Beals, November 2009


  1. I love these images because I have painted a series of bird nest paintings, collect bird nests, and have several books on nests-- have you seen the one called EGG & NEST by Rosamond Purcell? I will look for this new book when it is published.

  2. Sharon's work is a beautiful mixture of art and science, she is now writing the essays that go with the imagery-I believe around 50 nests.
    Yes, I have seen that book!