Commonly disregarded as a pest by city dwellers pigeons have enamored a small group of enthusiasts who breed, exhibit, and love them wholeheartedly. This body of work examines themes of beauty, belonging, and community through the lens of an animal that is generally disregarded and disrespected. This selection of images comes from The 61st Annual Long Island Classic Open Show hosted by the Nassau Suffolk Pigeon Fanciers Club.
I approached this project with the goal of anthropomorphizing the pigeons I photographed by utilizing classic portrait techniques that would be employed the exact same way were I shooting human sitters.
The result is a body of beautiful and cohesive photographs depicting a generally disregarded creature in a elevated and dignified manner.