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The Lovebird is a small parrot native to Africa. They are sociable and loving birds, named because they will often pair up for long periods of time. This picture is part of a larger, ongoing series I've been working on since 2007, called The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds. My aim is to photograph as many different species of show birds as possible: Budgies, Canaries, finches and many other types. To find my subjects, I had to enter the world of bird breeders. A dedicated group of individuals, many have kept birds their whole lives. It's a hobby of a close-knit community that you don, ¦_?t generally come into contact with unless you are active within their world. I personally do not keep birds, but I find them to be beautiful. In all their variations and colours, they captivated me as a subject matter and I wanted to capture them in a way that would show them off at their best. There are many recognized criteria for breeding a prize-winning bird, from shape and form to pattern. This is something I have tried to convey through my work. I also regard it as priority of this series to encapsulate the birds' differing personalities.
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Luke Stephenson was born on New Years day, 1983 in Darlington, North East England. Luke's work has been featured in such publications as Dazed and Confused, Art Review, the New York Times Magazine and Kilimanjaro Magazine. He has exhibited work at Exit gallery in London, The Festival Internationale Mode et de Photographie in Hyéres France, 2006 and the Jerwood Photography Awards 2005. The key elements within Luke's work are centered around the perceptions we hold of others, and the objects with which we surround ourselves. Life in Britain and the British psyche are deeply ingrained within him, and provide a constant source of inspiration. Elements of quirky humor are used in his pictures to highlight a characteristic that may lead the viewer to a variety of conclusions; some intended, some that may be personal to the viewer alone. "I want my pictures to provide the basis of a thought, but for the viewer to finish the story."