Australian photographer Christian Spencer has been living in the Itatiaia National Park for 19 years. The lush nature offers a variety of photographic opportunities, from pumpkin to fake coral snakes. One of Spencer’s most intriguing discoveries is how light floats in the wings of hummingbirds, creating a rainbow of colors in the feathers of birds. The photographer has been following the little birds for years and his filming of the phenomenon has been included in his award-winning short film, The Dance of Time.
More recently, Spencer has returned to these full spectrum moments. Each image of the artist’s hummingbird captures the sunlight that seeps through the wings and tail of a Jacobin hummingbird in black and white. Despite our age of post-production and photo manipulation, images are not digitally manipulated. The visual phenomenon occurs naturally. “WINGED PRISM” (below) has been awarded at Resende RJ Brazil’s Museum of Modern Art and is available in print on Spencer’s website. On Instagram, you can follow the encounters with animals and paintings inspired by Spencer’s nature. (via My Modern Met)