Uncanny photographs capture beautiful birds as they struggle for freedom

It's true that the subjects of photographer Todd Forsgren's photographs are held against their will, but they're only detained briefly. They are entangled in mist nets, barely perceptible latticeworks of incredibly fine nylon cord, used by ornithologists to capture and study wild birds.

According to Time, Forsgren has been teaming up with bird researchers since 2006. He joins them in the field during their research outings, offering copies of his prints in exchange for the opportunity to photograph the birds being caught and released in the mist nets. It's a rare and, at times, unsettling sight seeing these otherwise graceful birds in such compromising positions, but strangely captivating, nonetheless.

You'll find many more examples of Forsgen's work at his website. Prints are available at 20x200.

Uncanny photographs capture beautiful birds as they struggle for freedom

Uncanny photographs capture beautiful birds as they struggle for freedom

Uncanny photographs capture beautiful birds as they struggle for freedom

Uncanny photographs capture beautiful birds as they struggle for freedom

Uncanny photographs capture beautiful birds as they struggle for freedom

Uncanny photographs capture beautiful birds as they struggle for freedom

[Todd Forsgren via Time + NOTCOT]