This project was inspired by a conversation with a foreign friend who lives in New Zealand, who described it as a 'beautiful golden cage'. Having my own struggles of being back in NZ after eight years living overseas, I liked this description, I could relate to it. I love my birth country, but at this time of my life it's not a place for me.
So I decided to use this idea of a golden cage, and express some of the feelings I had, by creating a series of images. I also found words/ poems that fit well with my ideas. Years ago a friend in Spain had given me a nickname 'little bird', so combining this also, and deciding to use a little of my retouching skills, and shooting it all alone with a self timer, this project was created.