Crows are often seen as scavengers and bearers of bad omens, but in various cultures, they are regarded as divine beings, serving as intermediaries between the physical and spiritual realms. They have the power to convey significant messages, provide warnings, and can signal the arrival of a life-changing event. Depending on one's relationship with nature, crows can be perceived as either good or bad.
My project began with capturing striking descriptive photos of crows but eventually evolved into a personal exploration. I see myself as a vigilant observer, ready to alert others to potential crises and support the safety requirements of a community. With the onset of COVID-19, I focused my efforts on this project, and the results were existential and mystical images. . In my gallery, "Visionaries," I use sound wave signals as graphic symbols to give the crows a voice and communicate their messages.
My intention with these images is to create treasure maps for viewers to uncover conscious and subconscious messages. Thoughts regarding the meaning of life and our connection to nature. As technology and civilization continue to destroy the natural world, my work aims to be transcendent and magical, allowing the viewer to see magic and mystery regarding humanity's values.
Crows have had different meanings across different cultures. In ancient Greece, they were thought to be the souls of people who committed suicide, They are associated with death or bad luck. In contrast, the Chinese viewed crows as caretakers of ancient sages who meditated. While these sages were seeking enlightenment, the crows watched over them to ensure that their physical presence was cared for.
My crows are messengers and caretakers, keeping a watchful eye over me.