Chris Poppos photographs are online under the moniker ‘Strange Birds’. A suitable name for an artist who creates mysterious images. There is nothing about him anywhere. Only these pictures. These incredibly atmospheric black and white images of a woman in a forest, a room, on a bed.
They have a mythical quality, a very English sensibility that stretches back aeons to a pagan Albion but are rooted in the resurgence of alternative culture in the 1960’s, metal music of the 1970’s and a fashion aesthetic of the new millennia. Scratched, blurred, grainy. This woman sits; lonely, quiet, mysterious in her room, she traipses through an old wood conjoined with an elemental force that determines life and death, that speaks of a sensuality, a spirituality that was obliterated with the coming of Christianity.
They are intriguing photographs, leave you wanting more, wanting you to reach out and understand the meaning that weaves itself through every picture, each imbued with a sexuality that is both frayed and anarchic, energetic and bizarre. Strange. Odd. Beautiful. And although I’ve only shown you a small selection there are many more; Castles, churches, crosses and turbulent skies, images that suggest a love of motifs more commonly found in old B- movie horror flicks in which the devil stalks the land under a dark thunderous sky.
If you like these images check out his other ones. Keep an eye out for more enigmatic pictures.