NGTI Raw File: Starling Sensation

Danish photographer Søren Solkær reveals how an incandescent shot from his Black Sun series, capturing starling formations across Europe, was born.

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A flock of starlings takes flight over a canal on the Denmark-Germany border. Photo by: Søren Solkær

On World Photography Day, National Geographic Traveller India kicks off a new monthly series that celebrates travel photography in all its glory. Titled NGTI Raw File, this series spotlights the craft of photographers, who bring us all those wallpaper-worthy shots. Every month, an accomplished photographer will share a signature photo with us, and give us a rare peek into a special story behind that picture.

In our inaugural dispatch, we catch up with Danish photographer Søren Solkær, known for his professional portraits of artists such as Arctic Monkeys, U2, Adele, Amy Winehouse and David Lynch and evocative travel frames.

 

IN FOCUS: For the last five years, Solkær’s directed his passion towards a vignette of images that capture a flock of starlings, taking flight over a stream at the border of Denmark and Germany. This project, Black Sun, is  a culmination of his encounters with the birds’ murmurations, wherein thousands of starlings swarm together conjuring waves of interference or calligraphic brushstrokes, come migration season. Solkær scoped out his childhood landscapes for this series, especially the marshlands of Southern Denmark and also photographed these formations in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy and Great Britain.

 

SIGNATURE SHOT: This shot was taken in March 2019 at Hassberger See, on the border between Denmark and Germany.

 

“I was standing on a dike on a canal in the marshlands. It was a perfectly calm evening and the reflection on the water was perfect. I therefore went for a 50/50 framing between landscape and sky giving both the same weight,” Solkær says, harkening back to that moment.

 

Ngti Raw File: Starling Sensation
“Watching starlings is a big sport in Denmark–often with several hundred spectators. For this image, I had decided to stand on the German side of the border, away from the crowds. It was my lucky night with a lot of wonderful action going on right in front of me, only separated by a canal. What wasn’t so lucky was that the field I was standing on belonged to a German farmer who didn’t want me to stand there. He was screaming and shouting at me while I was having one of the best starling evenings of my life. He would have had to carry me off the field to get rid of me,” Solkær tells us. There’s no stopping poetry in motion, is there?

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  • Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.

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