Where Have All the Songbirds Gone



Dutch photographer Maarten Boswijk explores Heligoland, an island in the North Sea, about 70 kilometers from the German coastline. The island extends over a mere 1.7 km in diameter with a small population of 1200 inhabitants. Heligoland was also the first place in the world to be the focus of bird migration studies, and is now home to almost 400 different bird species. Due to the island's location and weather conditions, the bird population alters significantly throughout the year. Being located in such a remote area, the choice to move away from the island is not taken lightly, imaginably. Boswijk investigates the contrasts and similarities between the migrating people and birds of Heligoland, focusing on the inevitable choices every local must face.