A Watery Grave: Requiems for Nature in Decay

Norwegian photographer Einar Sira collects dead animals, birds and plants, and captures them floating on his pond. The result is a serene meditation on decay.

‘One day I found a dead bird in my garden. When I touched it, it still felt warm in my hands. At the time, I was battling depression, so subconsciously I was drawn to images of death. I placed the bird in my small garden pond and began to photograph it. The resulting images affected me profoundly; speaking to me of mythology, of death and serving as a reminder that many birds were important storytellers in Norwegian mythology’


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