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The idea behind this work came from watching these birds as they dived into the lake. I was amazed by their precision in catching fish. They could stay in the air in one position before suddenly dive at a terrible speed into the water, coming out with the fish. In this batik, I was trying to figure out what goes on in the mind of this beautiful bird before diving. Does it make calculations about the depth of the water, how about the wind? How about the possibility of other kingfisher spotting the same prey? Then I came to a conclusion that perhaps it is about staying focused on the prize and not minding about any resistance and hindrance from the surroundings and from the wall of water beneath.


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