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Heather O'Brien

Heather is a local photographer whose passion for native birds is evident in her works which are composed of feathers from Kiwi, Takahe and Pukeko. Heather says that by presenting images of our native birds in different and novel ways, she hopes to provide an opportunity to “meet” and appreciate these often-unnoticed characters. New Zealand birds often get described as being plain or brown and it is easy to forget how special and beautiful they are. We so rarely get the opportunity to see them up close. 
Conservation of our natural environment is very dear to her heart and this drives and provides inspiration for her work. Heather can often be found “in the wilds” of Northland frequently using my trusty Prius car as a hide to stealthily watch and wait for the perfect shot to form the basis of my next artwork.

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