Ornitographies

Ornitographies by Xavi Bou: Although Ornitographies is an actual project, it has a somewhat distant origin, since it is born from the innocent and restless gaze of the child, who once was Xavi Bou. The photographer’s admiration for nature, especially for birds, arose during his childhood thanks to unforgettable long walks with his grandfather.Since then, the photographer’s interest in birds has continued to grow, eventually becoming the focus of his project Ornitographies.

Ornitography 97#  Fulmarus glacialis & Fratercula arctica , Northern fulmar & Atlantic puffin, Vik Iceland

Ornitographies arises from the author’s concern for capturing those unnoticed moments and from the interest in questioning the limits of human perception.Xavi Bou focuses on birds, his great passion, in order to capture in a single time frame, the shapes they generate when flying, making visible the invisible.

Unlike other motion analysis which preceded it, Ornitographies moves away from the scientific approach of chronophotography used by photographers like Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey. The approach used by Xavi Bou to portray the scene is not invasive; moreover, it rejects the distant study, resulting in organic form images that stimulate the imagination.Technology, science and creativity combine to create evocative images which show the sensuality and beauty of the bird’s movements and which are, at the same time, clues for those wishing to identify or recognize them.

In Ornitographies, the skill envied by men, the long lasting shared yearning of flying, is presented to us, extending our visual perception. Art and science walk hand in hand to create images, which are no longer a single portrait of reality but become a witness of the instants that, for a moment, were past, present and future all at once.

Ornitographies is a balance between art and science; a nature-based dissemination project and a visual poetry exercise but above all, an invitation to perceive the world with the same curious and innocent look of the child we once were. That child that still live in ourselves that want to trust that magic is something real.

Ornitographie 05#, Ciconia ciconia, white stork, swamp of Empordà, Catalonia
Ornitography 110#  Milvus migrans , Black kite, Tarifa, Spain
Ornitography 87#  Tachymarptis melba, Alpine swift, Barcelona, Catalonia
Ornitography 56# Sturnus vulgaris , Common starling, Lleida Catalonia
Ornitography 61#  Vanellus vanellus, Northern Lapwing, Lleida

All images by Xavi Bou


Xavi Bou got his degree in Geology at Barcelona University while he was studying photography at Grisart School. After his studies began working in the fashion photography world and advertising for several leading brands and magazines. He also taught digital postproduction at Grisart Photography School for four years.

In his work art and science walk hand in hand to create images, which are no longer a single portrait of reality but become a witness of the instants that, for a moment, were past, present and future all at once. 

Ornitography, his recent project arises from his great passion for nature and travelling, and his concern of capturing the beauty of nature, meanwhile exploring new methods to represent it. “My intention is to capture in a single time-lapse the forms that birds generate when flying, making visible the invisible, however, Ornithographies moves away from the purely scientific analysis of the movement that chronophotography provides, a genre that was carried out in the 19th century by photographers such as Eadweard Muybridge and Étienne Jules Marey, is a balance between art and science, a project of naturalistic dissemination and at the same time an exercise in visual poetry.”

His work has been published by numerous magazines and newspapers including “National Geographic”, “The Guardian”, “Der Spiegel”, “Geo”, “Sonntag”… He showed his work in Holand, United States and Spain.