“Whenever I photograph birds, I feel other forces at work as well. Almost every time, the birds perform for me. At times they are stunningly graceful. At others, they are quite threatening. But always, I feel that sense of spirit,” says Kate Griswold. She photographs animals in their natural habitats, brings the images into her studio, then uses painterly backgrounds and digital editing to remove the environments, which allow the viewer to reinterpret the subject.