Lost Flamingos of the Cloud Forest

May 17, 2014

While in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, photographer Pat Swain began documenting the grey, moody landscape and experimenting with digitally placing the Costa Rican flamingo within it. Being a bird that exclusively resides in beach-like environments, Swain created a narrative for these “lost” birds who have been struggling to survive in a habitat that is foreign to them. Through the use of exaggerated vignettes, Swain emphasizes their solitude within the often misty and isolated landscape.

text by Canbra Hodsdon