Selected as one of the Best Photobooks of 2011 by the British Journal of Photography
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2011 by Martin Parr, Alec Soth, Horacio Fernández, Shane Lavalette
Pigeons, they are everywhere, often annoying, obtrusive and spread dirt. This is the widespread opinion about this bird species.
But this small book by Ricardo Cases shows another side, a colorful tradition in connection with these animals. In the Spanish regions Valencia and Murcia pigeon fanciers organize races with their birds. For that, a female pigeon is released first. Then about a dozen of male pigeons follow her, trying to catch up with her and to capture her attention. For this competition the animals are painted in different colors and patterns. Thus the feather tricots refer to the respective owner. Finally the winner is duly celebrated – the pigeon in form of time with the female, the owner in form of a trophy.
Cases images capture the men’s fascination and passion, with which they practice this hobby. The spots of colors in the sky, in the trees and on the balconies do not remind of pigeons, but rather of exotic birds. They seem magical, picturesque, almost surreal.