Golden Cage

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.


"Fly away little bird be free,
fly so high so free,
travel skies and mountain highs,
swim the oceans far and wide,
fill yourself with natures gift,
mornings dew a day a lifts,
fly away little bird be free,
fly so high so free."
(Francine Ramirez, adapted by Ian Barbour)

"Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness."'
(Alejandro Jodorowsky)

"She stretches her arms out
Stares up at the sky,
Wishing for the wings,
That could teach her to fly,
She's trapped on the earth here,
Feet tied to the ground,
The forces of gravity,
Keep pushing her down,
And though she's life's puppet,
She'll break all the strings,
But for now she's just dreaming,
Of earning her wings."
(Erin Hanson)

"The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom."
(Maya Angelou)

" cárcel del paraíso"
(Virginia Comino Martín)

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all."
(Emily Dickinson)

"She was a lost bird in a deep blue sky.
But when she spread her wings,
she remembered how to fly."

"Hold fast to dreams 
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly."
(Langston Hughes)

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