Toronto-based artist/photographer and videographer Sara Angelucci created this awesomely surreal series of portraits combining anonymous 19th century carte-de-viste photos with images of extinct or endangered North American birds. Her beautifully strange series of bird people is called Aviary. Angelucci describes them as portraits that “portray creatures about to become ghosts.”

“Why birds? The photographer notes that her photographs are “hybrid crossovers of faith in science with a belief in otherworldly beings.” All of these birds were once plentiful during the late nineteenth century, and Angelucci’s humanizing of these delicate creatures is as much about respecting the earth and its creatures as it is about art.”

Visit Sara Angelucci’s website to explore more of her intriguing artwork.

[via Beautiful/Decay and Design Observer]