From a photo-technical point-of-view, it is not possible to photograph longer movements of dark objects against a light background. In order to be able to do so, you need the opposite of photography, i.e. iskiography, as I would like to call it.
(Photography= writing with light; iskiography = writing with shadow. (Greek: ίσκιος / iskios = shadow)
Countless attempts with analog photo cameras and 16mm-film equipment failed to produce any satisfactory results. It was only when modern digital photography and video technology – in combination with special software components – provided the appropriate tools that I was finally able to achieve my goal. Now these same tools enable me to put together – automatically – thousands of frames from selected video sequences to draw a single motion track. A bird’s flight, for example, can now be accurately captured in a motion track – like the contrail of a plane.
Just as our experience of the beauty of music is only transitory, so too is our perception of the beauty of an eagle’s flight. For us it is only a fleeting moment – a moment of emergence and transience. Musical scores are the written compositions of melodies which musicians, at least, are able to read at a glance. The process of iskiography has created another kind of score… quasi a visual score for the flight tracks of birds.