WWA: Annual Calendar

Focal Point

Each photo was carefully composed to suit 1 of 12 hand-carved decoys. The style and coloration of each carving is unique to its respective carver, so every image needed to be precisely composed to keep the visual emphasis on the decoy itself.

Props & Details

Decoy carving is a long-held tradition but very few hunters still use this style of decoy today. To add richness to the composition, antique props were brought in to complement each decoy. The props were authentic pieces, mainly sourced from private collectors. Majority of the props used reflect the species, region, and period relevant to that style of decoy. In the example below, you can see that the decoy species is a redhead, the loose shells are red, and even the vintage ammunition box was made by Redhead—tying everything together.

Background Materials

Waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin has a long rich history. In keeping with this history, all the background materials were reclaimed materials, mostly sourced from old Wisconsin farms (some a 300-mile drive to obtain). In the example below, the background is an old door, and the tabletop is created from an old barn roof. Other images utilized rusted tin roofing, exterior painted walls, barn floors, and even part of a dilapidated moss-covered duck blind.