Black Sun is a project by Danish photographer Søren Solkær capturing one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena; the large murmurations of starlings. The countless birds puts on an incredible show of collaboration and performance skills twice a year when they migrate from one destination to the next. Growing up in Southern Denmark, where this breathtaking scenery unfolds, Søren always had a fascination for the starlings that naturally lead to the start of this project.
”The starlings move as one unified organism that vigorously opposes any outside threat. A strong visual expression is created – like that of an ink drawing or a calligraphic brush stroke – asserting itself against the sky. Shapes and black lines of condensation form within the swarm, resembling waves of interference or mathematical abstractions written across the horizon. This is the moment I have attempted to capture – a slice of eternity“ said Søren Solkær. Capturing starlings has taken Søren all over Europe to places like Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain.
Søren Solkær is a Danish photographer, born in 1969. Søren is best known for his distinctive portraits of musicians and he is the man responsible for various iconic images of Björk, The White Stripes, Amy Winehouse, David Lynch, Pharrell and Paul McCartney. Hhe is featured as part of the permanent collection in The Royal Danish Library and The National Portrait Collection,Denmark.