This starling set of ‘photos’ by French photographer Alain Delorme were painstakingly composed from stills of plastic bags that he duplicated multiple times to achieve the result of mimicking a flock of birds gracefully souring through the sky. As he told Wired Magazine: ‘I have always found plastic bags across my path, no matter where I travelled in the world. This plastic bag could be anywhere – even hanging on a tree. I thought that it had to fly to land there.
‘I took photos of plastic bags individually [using] a light box to get the bags’ transparency. There is a different bag for every swarm, shot 150 to 200 times. I then duplicated the bags, so in total you have at least 10,000 bags per image. I utilized plastic bags with a thin texture, in different colours – those you find in the markets’.
Little wonder the project, titled Murmurations, took 18 months to complete!