Urban Flock’ is a photography project which looks at the life of starlings living or just overwintering in the coastal town of Blackpool, England. It is a story of co-evolution, coexistence and ‘life’ itself in the fastest growing environment on the planet, the ‘man made environment’.
Blackpool is a well-known tourist destination, and at first it might not sound like an ideal location for natural history highlights, but during the winter months every afternoon the coast is filled with life, with thousands of starlings preparing to roost under the piers of the town. As the flocks gather, they circle above the streets of the promenade, often predated by birds of prey as they go, and eventually they find rest on the supporting structures of the piers.
I have found the dramatic lives of these small birds fascinating, and as I was following them more and more, trying to represent the world from their perspective I came to realize that there is harmony in their routine, and that they could become a symbol of a peaceful coexistence between man and wildlife in our changing world.