Last week I was very fortunate to attend an intensive workshop held by the prestigious VII Photo Agency . The workshop was taught by Ron Haviv and Antonin Kratochvil, two photographers whose work I am very familiar with and admire. Check them out here.
Each person attending the workshop had to create their own assignment and deliver a photo essay by the end of the week. Throughout the workshop my work was critiqued and reviewed by Antonin. Oh man! It was truly a humbling experience.
At the end of the week I feel like I have revised my way of thinking about photographs and I have also been injected with a new energy and inspiration.
I chose to document homing pigeons and the people that raise them on rooftops all over Brooklyn. If there are any images that you feel does not belong in this series or any image you like the best please feel free to leave a comment.
Homing pigeons have very strong navigational instincts and will always return to the coop where they were born.
One man told me that he sold a few pigeons to his brother down at the tip of Florida. The birds got out and a few months later landed back on the rooftop in Brooklyn. That is close to 1,500 miles! (I can’t even drive to Jersey without a GPS navigator.)
Howard has been keeping pigeons since he was a kid and bred a few prizewinners.