Jean-Luc Mylayne at Sprüeth Magers

Jean-Luc Mylayne, 'No. 340 avril mai 2005', 2005

Leg of Lamb has long been fascinated with the work of Jean-Luc Mylayne.  The self-taught photographer and ornithologist leads a peripatetic existence, traveling the globe in search of birds to photograph.  These birds aren’t exotic.  Commonplace creatures like sparrows, starlings and blue-birds are Mylayne’s subjects.

Far from prolific, the artist has created less than 200 images in his career and each of his photographs is unique.  Mylayne  spends months, even years, conceiving a work.  He not only tracks each bird, but carefully considers composition and landscape, sometimes rigging up artificial light and patiently camping out, waiting for his subject to fly into shot.  As such, his practice belies the instantaneity associated with the snapshot, revealing a more complex relationship with time and temporality.

Jean-Luc Mylayne at Sprüeth Magers, 7A Grafton Street, London, until May 29.

Jean-Luc Mylayne at Sprüeth Magers

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