Claire Rosen is a New York based artist who has photographed a series of striking tropical birds against vintage wallpaper backgrounds titled Birds of a Feather. She was looking for a Toucan for a commercial and came across a pet store in New Jersey that suggested she come to the store to see the bird.
When Rosen arrived the store was full of the most amazing collection of exotic birds with such character. And as someone quite connected to fairytales and animals as a child, this eventually lead to the idea for Birds of a Feather.
The owners of the store were very accommodating to let her set up a small space in the store with her vintage wallpaper to photograph these birds. The birds were made comfortable, safe and not under any distress when she photographed them. And she just had to have patience as the birds don’t sit still for long.
In an interview with Guardian Online Claire explains the process of choosing the wallpaper:
“It was like picking out outfits for them,” she says.
“It wasn’t just color, it was more about my perceived idea of their personality: exotic, domestic, cheeky, confrontational.”
Rosen writes on her website:
“The birds mirror the careful, self-conscious poses of humans in a comical and unexpected way. Posed, the birds anthropomorphize as we attribute human emotion and intent to their expressions.”
“I couldn’t stop chuckling when I was editing my images from the shoot,” she recalled. “The birds had such striking different personalities and expressions… I suppose I simply feel happy looking at them.”