Photographer Andrew Zuckerman and Waris Ahluwalia have been friends for years. Both have been inspired by each other's work and have been drawn, in one way or another, to birds. Launched in 2010 to coincide with the release of Andrew's book entitled 'Bird', Waris chose seven birds from the book for the jewelry collection.
In Zuckerman's work these creatures are released from their context and seen with a fresh perspective. The clarity he achieves in his images comes from a dedication to simplicity in the service of deeper understanding. In the arena of jewelry, the same philosophy can be taken a step further: colors and forms represent the most basic gestures of the creatures, isolated in space and elevated to a refined object of art.
The connection between the photographs and the jewelry is further explored in their joint relationship to time: in Zuckerman's work, the speed of his lights and the intense resolution creates a moment that is hyper-frozen—not just a silver of time but a sliver of that—that then lasts forever. Again, the jewelry extends this relationship between the ephemeral nature of life and movement and a frozen moment: it creates a treasure that is as ancient and as lasting as any art.