Beauté Aviaire

Beauté Aviaire

A series of conceptual fine art prints, exploring the connection between the aesthetic beauty that visually lies in the delicate luxurious opulence of avian plumage and the sexual femininity of the female form.

These composite images, where feather meets beauty and fashion, are constructed using the art of photographic capture, photographing models and birdlife in separate instances and in separate locations.

Then digitally manipulating the imagery in postproduction, to create a new single piece of artwork, a combination of both bird and beauty, each perfectly complementing the other.

It has always interested me, the way that the fashion industry has long associated a feminine quality to both fur and feathers, especially when more often than not; it is the plumage from the male of the species that is chosen to be worn.

Here with the help of modern digital postproduction techniques, I have been able to explore this connection further and unlike 19th century aristocracy who chose to wear whole stuffed birds as hats at the height of the "plume boom" era, I’ve been able to produce this artwork without any birdlife being manhandled or harmed in the process.

All of the garments, as well as hair styles featured have been created solely using manipulated imagery taken of various birdlife and at no point during the process of this project did any of the models see, wear or come into contact with any of the feathers or birdlife featured in this series of prints.

Makeup Artists:

Caroline Stewart

Jenni Muir

Karen Bowen

Molly Jane Sheridan

Rosie Fraser

Sammy Foster

Our Models: 

Amy Chong - Colours Model Management 

Charlie Banks - Colours Model Management 

Christine Stephanie Dunnett - Model Team

Gemma Warnock

Kaitlin Dobson - Colours Model Management 

Lynn Mathieson 

Megan Johannessen - Colours Model Management 

Monika Wiktorowicz

Namate Sililo

Nikki Fox Weston

Olivia Taylor - Colours Model Management 

Shana Gilham - Colours Model Management 

Suki Kaur Sunner

With special thanks:

Photographers Assistant - Emidio J Battipaglia

Production - Youth Juice Creative Productions.

Fashionscape Europe 2014

Essential Edinburgh

Norwegian Consulate General

Colours Model Management

MEOW Studios, Edinburgh

RETINA – Scottish International Photography Festival

The Creative Exchange

Edinburgh College

Harvey Nichols

BIPP – British Institute of Professional Photographers

Adobe - Adobe Creative Cloud

Bēhance

Bowens Industry Lighting Company

Wacom

Saatchi Art

Project by Lee Howell

Beastman aka Brad Eastman is a husband, father and well known visual artist from Sydney, Australia. With an overwhelming desire to slow down and absorb inspiration from somewhere new, Brad Eastman and his family made the decision to pack up their lives in Sydney and relocate to Bali for a little while.

Till Rabus Born in Neuchâtel in 1975 Live and work in Neuchâtel Switzerland

Exhibiting since 2000, Chris Scarborough has received reviews and been included in such surveys as Planet Magazine (2009), Hi Fructose Magazine (2009), NY Arts Magazine (2007 & 2006), ArtPapers Magazine (2006 & 2005), and New American Paintings (2010, 2008, 2004 and 2001) among others. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, Curator’s Office in Washington D.C., and Foley Gallery in New York City.

Nicola Caredda was born in Cagliari in 1981. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari and undertake an independent and singular pictorial search path rather secluded compared to the most popular movements by local artists of his age

On the Boundaries of Darkness by Anton Semenov. Anton Semenov is a digital illustrator from Bratsk, Russia who creates extraordinary animated portraits and mind-bending dark themed characters and worlds. Anton Semenov is as mysterious as his work. Hiding under the nickname Gloom82 on DeviantArt, this young digital artist living in Bratsk, Russia, has indeed created a very dark universe. Semenov’s post apocalyptic cityscapes and intricate monsters bear the inheritance of H.R. Giger’s alien paintings and sculptures, Philip K. Dick’s disturbed science fiction and H.P. Lovecraft’s genetic horrors.

Anastasia Kopittseva was born in Russia in 1987. She studied at the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts and in the All-Russian State University of Cinematography and the British Higher School of Art and Design.