Ravens by the sea

Neil Folberg
Sep 13, 2014 8:50PM
Odin's Cove #14, 2012
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Beth Moon writes about her series Odin's Cove:

I first noticed this pair of ravens perched up in the rocks overlooking the sea while hiking to the beach at the end of the summer in 2010. This secluded part of the coastline is the end of a 3 mile hike from the closest parking lot. They caught my attention and I found myself watching their movements the entire afternoon. I imagined they were a mated couple since they were so attentive to one another.

A few weeks later, I returned to the sea and to my surprise I found the birds in the same place.  It was an overcast day and I had the beach to myself, so I spent my time sitting with them up in the cliffs. Their presence along with the sea air was  exhilarating.  I returned many times over the next year to visit the birds and I believed they recognized me, often flying down to greet me upon my arrival.  I began to take pictures of the birds without any clear purpose. It just became part of the experience.

It was when I happen to remember a mythological play I had seen with the Norse god Odin that the title hit me, Odin's Cove. That was the structure needed that seemed to speak, of not only the birds, but the place itself, and rounded all the elements together in my mind for a photographic series.  The next year I continued to photograph the ravens, hoping that at some point I would have enough shots that would tell the story of their life at the sea.

Neil Folberg