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Silhouette of hummingbird with sun behind, prism colours to ends of feathers, Birds, POETRY IN THE SKY, in pink, and white font below.


Poetry in the Sky

By (author) Christian Spencer


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  • Nature as a work of art: birds in their habitat, spectacularly presented in their natural surroundings
  • The award-winning Winged Prism photo series in a coffee table book for the first time
  • For bird lovers and all those looking for an illustrated book that ventures beyond photojournalism and stylised studio shots
  • Third placed in the Nature Book category at Prix de la Photographie Paris 2023
Full Description

“striking imagery…stunning depictions” — Birdwatch

“One need not ponder whether Birds: Poetry in the Sky is more a bird book or an art book: it fits each category. But whatever shelf it belongs on is really irrelevant – it’s enough to say that the book is magnificent.” — 10,000 Birds

“…This is photographic art of birds ‘where they live’ and where humans must watch in awe.” — Wildlife Australia
The fascination birds evoke in us continues unabated. Australian artist and photographer Christian Spencer, living in the vicinity of the Brazilian rainforest since 2001, has surrendered to it as well.

“The camera is my brush,” is how he describes his style. His photographs truly capture the poetry of nature, letting its beauty speak for itself — which is why he forgoes any image editing. He was the first to capture the breathtakingly fast beating of hummingbirds’ wings in the sunlight, which forms a rainbow in the air.

The world of birds unfolds before his lens in all its colourful glory and elegance: in reflections on the water, between blossoms and trees, and high above the treetops.

Text in English and German.

About the Author

Christian Spencer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1977. Since 2001 he has lived near Itataia National Park near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is an artist, filmmaker and photographer. In recent years he has won numerous awards in international photography competitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 "Highly Commended" and Tokyo Photo Awards 2021. In the 25 years of his career, Christian Spencer has used the screen, film, music and photography to stage nature as a work of art.

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teNeues Books
20th Sep 2022
World excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands
340 mm x 275 mm
224 Pages
120 color
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