Earth’s climate is changing at an unprecedented rate affecting the avian population around the globe. Unfortunately, birds react to environmental cues that trigger their biological clocks. Amounts of light and degrees in temperature are prime signals for avian migration and reproductive performance. Bird species will nest as increases in temperatures dictate and offspring will hatch into a seasonal variation which contains life-threatening precipitation causing avian mortality rates to climb. The American Bird Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation are alarmed that migrating avian populations following varying climate signals become out of sync with the availability of food sources such as insects and flowers. These adverse impacts put many species in danger of future extinction. Personally, I feel a deep desire to document and celebrate the beauty of avian wildlife while faithfully attempting to heighten awareness concerning the need to protect and preserve these majestic creatures. As a very young girl my fondest memory was sitting on my grandmother’s porch while she showed me tintypes of my great grandmother and other loved ones. Holding these tintypes in my hand and gazing into the eyes of my ancestors while hearing stories of my grandmother’s childhood was an experience I hold dear to my heart. Those tintypes were my first exposure to the art of photography. My series Antique Aviary II is a melding of my lifelong passion for birds, my wildlife photography and my deep appreciation of the tintype image.
Dianne Yudelson is an award winning photographic artist and master of the New Eclecticism Photography. Her work has been exhibited in Malaysia, France, Thailand, and throughout the USA. Dianne is a 2013 Critical Mass Finalist and a Julia Margaret Cameron Award winner in documentary, as well as street photography. Recent 2013 exhibitions include the Natural History Museum in San Diego California, National Geographic Museum as part of FOTODC, The FENCE 2013 and 2014 in Boston as part of the Magenta Flash Forward Festival, The FENCE 2013 and 2014 in Brooklyn as part of Photoville, and The Center for Fine Art Photography as part of 2013 and 2014 Center Forward. Dianne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Berkeley. “My fascination with photography began upon the realization that, in addition to being a wonderful means of documentation, photography can also be used as a fine art medium. My style is eclectic. In the fine tradition of eclectic artists, from DaVinci to Uelsmann, I embrace the challenge of exploring varied subjects and forms of expression. By that I mean, neither subject matter nor genre solely defines my images; they are defined by my artistic esthetic. Dianne’s 2013 top honors include “Photographer of the Year” titles from three acclaimed international competitions; Black and White Spider Awards, Photography Masters Cup, and World Photography Gala Awards. In 2013 Dianne received: First Place in the International Photography Awards (IPA) in Fine Art and Collage, GOLD category winner in Book Fine Art Paris Photography Prize (PX3), Grand Prize Winner in the New York Center for Photographic Arts, Gold medalist San Francisco International Exhibition 2013 and 2014, First Place in Digital Imagination Professional Women Photographers, First Place in the WPGA Black & White Awards, First Place from the Texas Photographic Society, and advertising honors in the London International Creative Competition for a third consecutive year. “Throughout my life art has been the one true common thread, the stitches that bind my chapters together. As a photographic artist, I embrace the ability to spotlight my point of view and give a voice to my imagination.”