Pigeon En Vol (1891-1892)
This slow-motion documentation of the flight of a pigeon filmed by Etienne-Jules Marey & Georges Demenÿ, was one of the first films to be ever made
"The flight of birds has always arisen the curiosity of researchers. For the physiologist, this type of locomotion is one of the most interesting phenomena, but also one of the most mysterious that Nature presents for studying; for the mechanic, the explanation of aerial locomotion is one of the most beautiful problems that one could investigate. But the subject presents special difficulties.
The movements of flight are, in general too fast and complicated for the eye to perceive. In addition, the laws of air resistance were hardly known until know, and it was otherwise impossible to understand how birds’ wings find a means of support in the air. "
Le Vols des Oiseaux (1890)
Translated by Anna Lindemann