Xavi Bou graduated from Barcelona University with a degree in Geology while also studying at the International Photography Grisart School. During his studies, the artist taught photography on the side. Once he finished his education in 2003, Xavi started his professional career in the fashion and advertisement photography world, as an assistant photographer. In 2009, with his partner Dani Ciprian he co-founded La Crin Studio, a photography retouch studio specialized in big campaigns for national and international brands and magazines.
Bou’s fascination with birds began in childhood, and as his passion developed he became interested in showing the elusive shapes that birds make while flying. Bou recently flew to Iceland to expand the ‘Ornitographies’ series, where icebergs and rock formations served as a dramatic backdrop to the flight lines of the birds. Bou captured hundreds of images of the birds for each frame, and then layered them upon each other to show the movement that is created when they fly. The results appear like black ribbons or drifting double helices and provide a captivating insight into the group mentality of wildlife in transit.
At the moment Xavi combines his retouch work with the development of his personal photography projects. His passion for nature inspired him to projects like this one the focus of his art.
Ornitographies is a balance between art and science; a nature-based dissemination project and a visual poetry exercise but above all, an invitation to view the world through the same curious and innocent eyes of the child we once were.
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 aviary scenes 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.
Ornitographies was featured in prominent European magazines, like The Guardian, de Volkskrant, Sonntag, The Spiegel, National Geographic and Geo. His project was also exhibited in Holand, the United States, and Spain.
Xavi is still working on this project and researching for the next one.