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Birds was inspired by Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor, a collection of photographs of rich and poor Americans, each with a handwritten statement by the subject, thereby creating a heart gripping portrait of the USA. It was a logical step to have an ornithologist (a fictional ornithologist) portrait birds in a similar way, for they have just as much to say about the human condition. If people would only listen.
“I have no idea what people think of me,
I don’t think much of them, that’s for sure.
Life is a bitch for everyone and I’m
struggling, just like everyone else.
Compassion is a mistake and the seed
for sloth and weakness.
And nobody ever offered to help me
out in any way, so why should I?
Johanna Thompson, Birds
Illustrations and texts by Johanna Thompson
Design by Lena Appenzeller
14,8 x 19,5 cm
56 pages, 22 texts, 22 illustrations