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Birds of the Fox River Valley

Photographic Images
By Ira A. Marcus

I am a Carpentersville resident who has been taking pictures for over 50 years. My photographs cover multiple genres, including abstracts, still life, macro, nature, flowers, animals, landscapes, architecture, travel, automotive and more.

The origin of my name means watchful or observant, which I feel is appropriate for someone who likes to make photographic art from what he sees. Usually I have a vision in my mind of the image I hope to create.  Then I go out and look for that scene and wait patiently for the right moment to take the shot.  For birds and wildlife, I try to get to know the habitat and the creatures’ habits and then be ready for their appearance. For abstracts and still life I set up the photograph in a makeshift studio in my basement or kitchen. Sometimes my best shots are just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. I try to capture the ordinary in a way that evokes a special mood or feeling inspired by the subject. I believe you have to literally “stop and smell the roses” to make great photography.

I have been fortunate to have had my photos win awards and air frequently on NBC5 Chicago News Weather Photo segments.

In this exhibit I am presenting Birds of the Fox River Valley.  All of these pictures were taken within ten miles of this library.  There are birds of prey, birds that make their homes along waterways, and common backyard varieties that visit our feeders. I am amazed at the diversity of birds we have so close to home.

You can see more of my work by visiting my website: All of the images are for sale as prints and framed prints, prints on canvas, wood, metal or acrylic. The pictures are also reproduced on a wide variety of items such as coffee mugs, tote bags, phone cases and more. Of course, the looking is always free.