... and in the morning there were birds.

2:11 AM

  
Here's the thing... my dad hunts. And I hate it. Absolutely. I think the only good part of this activity of his is the fact that I get to sleep with my mom whenever he does (big bed! yay! eheheh), other than that, it's just repulsive to me. He watches these hunting videos as well... the last one he was watching, the guys were hunting deers... I cannot begin to tell you how I felt about it. I'm a huge deer/fawn lover, so... Yeah.

Anyways, last week he came home after some good ol' hunting, and he brought a bunch of dead birds. At first I couldn't really even look at them... but then I thought that maybe I could do something of it. You know, the turning something bad into something good kind of thing. So, that's what I did. I took the birds and took pictures of them. I was kinda creeped out during the whole process, but I tried to focus.

These were the results.

























Tell me what you think.

Teresa

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32 of you said...

  1. These are wonderful, dear. Very poignant and dramatic.
    Many of my family members also hunt and have taxidermy animals, it used to bother me (and at times it still does) but they are wonderful objects to photograph, especially if you are portraying the brutality and sad quality of their existence.

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  2. ah, é verdade, já queria ter-te dito que consegui olhar para a fotografia que me mandaste. vais ser tu a responsável pelo meu "12 steps program"? hehehe :P
    e, pronto, tirando o que é (ou olhando de facto para o que é...), deu numas fotografias bonitas. tristes, mas muito bonitas.
    adoro-te (mesmo que tires fotos a coisas creepy :) ) *

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  3. i love the second picture, great comp.

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  4. It's too bad the way you got the birds, but the result is very good.

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  5. i think the pictures are beautiful and they show that you worry about the animals, and that you get sad about your dad's activity. My grand father used to hunt, but just birds and rabbits, i didn't like it, i don't. The pictures are pretty and sad*

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  6. such dead birds, extremaly calm in their death, are that what compose my fairy-tale world

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  7. Hi Teresa
    I feel exactly the same way as you(thankfully I don't have to be around someone who thinks the opposite, like you do). I think what you have done is quite brave in a way - not because it is scary or anything like that, just that you have confronted a nasty situation, challenged yourself and turned it into something poignant and thought provoking. I clicked onto the singular bird photo from Flickr and although the subject matter makes me so sad, it is also such a beautiful, tender photo - like you are taking care of her. I know there are probably people out there who think "it's only a bird", but they are so much more than that.
    I am glad there are people like you in the world.
    Best wishes, Elizabeth

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  8. it has something mysterious in my opinion , but i like the colours of the first one . it fits to the mood the dead bird brings with .

    my art teacher of last year did something similar with a dead bird .

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  9. I think your father is sick individual killing for the sake of killing!! If you need to eat is one thing to kill for enjoyment is another!! I curse him!! Witches of the Woods

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  10. I think hunting is a fine thing, especially when hunters donate their harvested food to homeless shelters.

    What I believe is disgusting is the reliance upon grocery store meat taken from animals that were locked up in cages and force-fed fatty food before their mass slaughter.

    Face it -- if grocery stores ever disappear, you would look at your father's "icky hobby" with a lot more respect.

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  11. Holy cow, you are absolutely brilliant. I can imagine how awful it must be to hang around while hunting is such a big part of your dad's life :/
    It's inspiring to see you make something so breathtakingly beautiful out of something so near and dear. <3

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  12. Erica: Yes it is true, they are still beautiful to photograph - everything is in a way, I think, It just depends on how you do it. :) Thank you!

    Maria: Que corajosa! :) Posso acompanhar-te no teu programa! ahahahha :D Também gosto muito de ti, obrigada pelo esforço.

    A1: Thank you :)

    A2: Indeed... Thank you!

    Trivia: So you kinda understand. Good. :) Yeah, my dad doesn't hunt larger animals, but he watches the videos. I don't really judge, If he likes it, he likes it... but I don't.
    Thank you.

    i don't have anything in common with myself: I'm glad you liked it. :)

    Elizabeth: Your comment was really touching, it really warmed my heart... thank you so much. And I totally agree with you, it is not just a bird. Ah, I feel like all words are worthless to be able to reply your comment... thank you.
    I'm glad there are people like YOU in the world :) *hug*

    Adrian: Thank you so much. He did? Is there a way that I can see it? :)

    A3: Please don't curse my father... ahahah And he does eat what he hunts.

    A4: I don't eat meat! ahahha :D so I'm ok with that. Either way, I'm not judging him. If he likes it... he likes it. I'm merely talking about my reactions to it, what I feel. And I don't like it, sorry.

    Miss Minie: Thankfully it is not such a big part of my dad's life. He doesn't do it all the time. :) phew!
    Thank you so much!


    Thank you so much everyone... I wasn't really expecting such a feedback. :)

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  13. I don't like hunting for sport but for those that hunt for food, I don't have a problem with it. I'm assuming that he wasn't hunting them for food.

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  14. Death is a heart-wrenching reminder that this world is not the way it was originally meant to be. Life is sacred and a gift from God. God cares when a sparrow falls and Jesus cried when his friend Lazarus died. But there is hope for new life as we celebrate Christmas every year and every day. Your photos are courageous and touching.

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  15. I'm a big fan of the first one... I hate hunting too, I'm glad you could turn it into something beautiful.

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  16. these are lovelyyyy, would you mind if I use them as painting reference in the future?

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  17. I like your passion of opinion, I agree hunting is wrong. Through those two images you really expressed the guiltiness of hurting something so innocent.

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  18. Jenna: Sure you can! :) I really like your work. Show me the results when you do! Ahhh i'm excited! :D xxo

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  19. aw thank you :) and I will definitely let you know!

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  20. There is a time and a place for hunting.

    Your pictures however are beautifully morbid. There's a sense of release and finality that you've managed to show in their deaths.

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  21. hermosas fotografias..
    las fotografias que llevan detras toda una historia..que va mas alla de la razon, los valores, o la realidad...la historia de la interpretacion de cada uno y de la forma de mirar esas fotografias. la historia detras de los ojos que las ven. lo que éstas crean en la mente...eso es lo que vale.

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  22. Beautiful pics, but the story is so sad!
    I just love birds.
    You´re sensitive.

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  23. Wow,very dramatic and so sad...
    Why people need to hunt these days?!?
    It's not like they don't have food to put in their mouth...
    Anyway,great shot,love it! (the photo)

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  24. I hate hunt too. This photographies show the death with a clear colours. Good shoot.

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  25. poor birds.. i wish they are still alive..

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  26. I LOVE these photos, so amazingly beautiful. I don't like hunting though ;)

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  27. these photos are evocative and beautifully haunting. i am glad you could honor these birds in some way who i feel were senselessly killed (i too abhor hunting). well done. i loved seeing the other shot you have on flickr, which brought me to this site.

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  28. These are amazing. Not the fact tht they're dead but the fact tht you had the initiative of taking pictures which I may have to say look dramatically beautiful; besides tht making it look dramatic was something good. It makes people think what they're turning to be; killing innocent animals which have no fault of who they are. My opinion is simple, makes people see what this world is turning to be. I sincerely love these pictures; you honored those defenseless birds in a special and dramatic way. I'm with you in saying tht hunting is something tht should be stopped. <3

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  29. what the fuck? he doesn't do anything with the birds either-- just kills them for his pleasure?

    -what an ass.
    rant over.

    but; your pictures are perfect and capture the tragedy of this perfectly. they shatter my heart.

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  30. what the fuck? he doesn't do anything with the birds either-- just kills them for his pleasure?

    -what an ass.
    rant over.

    but; your pictures are perfect and capture the tragedy of this perfectly. they shatter my heart.

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