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“The Birds” is the not quite apocalyptic account of an unusual species of flightless creatures, known as Birds, that take over an unsuspecting California beach community. Originally spotted in ones and twos on the sidewalks and streets, the audacious creatures — recognizable by their black and white coloring and long, slender necks — quickly grew in number. Soon they were on every street corner, sidewalk and back alley, sometimes in flocks of more than 20. Will the townspeople survive this onslaught, or is this the new normal? 

This project is a 106-page photography book, published in 2018. The book draws a humorous comparison between the sudden ubiquity of Bird dockless scooters and the plot of the apocalyptic 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds. Using lines of dialogue from the original screenplay, Zentz forms a loose narrative around a series of documentary images depicting unoccupied scooters in various, sometimes ridiculous, situations, as they were found in the communities of Venice and Santa Monica during the early months of 2018.

David Zentz is a photographer based in Los Angeles, Calif. He has yet to ride a Bird. You can check out his non-scooter photography at www.davidzentz.com.