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The hummingbird represent the intimacy of a relationship.

A hummingbird flutters in front of a flower to drink its nectar – or so it might seem.

But look closer, and you discover the picture is in fact an incredible illusion made up of 12 painted models.

The image is part of stunning set created by expert body painter Kate ‘Spinks’ Dean, from Bristol, in which naked women are transformed into birds using nothing but a lick of paint and clever photography.

The collection, called Life in Flight, tells the story of human life through birds, from finding a partner and settling down to having children then watching them grow up and leave.hummingbird and the lovebirds perched on a branch represent the intimacy of a relationship.