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1650 Gallery presents:

Juried Photography Exhibition:
I'LL FLY AWAY
The Nature of Birds

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012

1650 Studio & Gallery, Echo Park
1650 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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I'll Fly Away: The Nature of Birds Photography Exhibition
Photo by Linnea Lenkus

1650 Gallery is hosting the juried photography exhibition
I'LL FLY AWAY: The Nature of Birds

Ah, the birds. Uniquely beautiful, ceaselessly fascinating; borne of dinosaur DNA! Elusive and unreachable, except by the camera lens; if ever there was a creature that inspired mankind's collective "compare and despair" mentality, the bird would have to be it. Greek mythology speaks of Icarus and Daedalus, who yearned to fly free of of the earth; Edgar Allen Poe wrote of that pesky raven tap, tap, tapping at his window, and even Jesus asked us to consider the sparrow, who neither sows nor reaps, yet still gets along. Heavy.

What is it then about the bird that affects us so? Are they everything we want to be—beautiful, carefree and literally above it all? Do we envy their freedom? Do we project on to them our desire to take wing from the grave cares and pedestrian repetitions of our human-ness, to a far place both wild and beautiful, and a life lived literally "on the fly"?

Would that we, like birds, could rise to our potential without care, without responsibility! Unbound by the relic of consistency, or memory of those left behind? Oh! Fickle-feathered fastidious freeloader of heaven and earth, thy name is bird! For the rest of us, wingless, bored and earthbound, photographs of you must suffice!

Fifty five works have been chosen for the I'LL FLY AWAY exhibition at 1650 Gallery in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Additional works have also be selected for an online gallery exhibition page.

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