Ruurd Jelle van der Leij is a wildlife photographer from the Netherlands who has been working on Frontals for the last ten years. The project includes photographs of birds shot from the front, which are amusing. “I saw right away that they changed the appearance of the birds,” Ruurd adds. “I vowed to concentrate on it from then on and make sure I had at least one frontal in each series.” Some birds begin to resemble furious birds, while others become amusing or even ludicrous.”
According to the photographer, frontal photographs may conceal powerful features of birds, such as long bills, and alter their look. “Frontals are essentially the usual method of gazing at you in owls and birds of prey, so they’re only entertaining when they twist their heads,” explains Ruurd. “I believe that only spoonbills are more attractive when they display their large bill with yellow patches and tufted head.” From a photographic standpoint, he says, frontal pictures enable the photographer to create unique compositions.
#1 Short-Eared Owl
#2 Wood Pigeon
#3 Great Egret
#4 Red Kite