Pigeons Strike a Pose

Pigeons Strike a Pose

Bret Hartman has photographed everyone from comedian Will Ferrell to legendary actor Dustin Hoffman, so we challenged him with a new assignment: pigeons. He captured these stunning shots at the The National Pigeon Association Grand National Pigeon Show in Los Angeles (2015).

More than 7,000 birds and 200 different breeds were shown at the event, including a few by former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, according to the event’s host, the Los Angeles Pigeon Club. “LAPC spent almost two years in preparation for the show, and the fruit of that hard work and team effort was evident in any direction you would look at,” said Muhammad Shaheed, the club’s media liason. “What I liked most was the bonding of humanity that was displayed. People came from all over the world, of different races, colors, social classes, religious backgrounds … and they all became a part of a family, enjoying not only the birds in display, but more importantly, enjoying each others companionship. In a world full of stress and anxiety and hatred, the show offered peace and comfort, and love for each other as humans.”

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Abigail Copeland. Hungarian; Natasha Soares, Gold Fantail; Mia Bella Mefferd, English Shortface; Emily Isom, Oriental Roller; Alisa Foster, Old Style Saddle Muffed Tumbler; Niah Mauldin, Racing Homer; Zachery Ferrell, Voorburg Shield Cropper; and Vincent Pizzuto, Modena
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Justin Curl, Portuguese Tumbler, Two Color Tiger
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Peter Frantangelo Jr., Domestic Show Flight, Yellow Plain Head
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Larry Wilmes, American Giant Homer, Brown Bar
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Larry Schulz, American Show Racer, Opal
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Robert Sanchez, West of England Tumbler, Almond
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Samantha Wendell, Western Fantail, BlackPigeons

Kathie Johnson, Pomeranian Pouter, White

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National Pigeon Association President
Jerry Gagne (left), and National Fancy
Pigeon Association President Fadilius
Hendricks, English Tumblers, Splash
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Keith Chadd, English Tumblers, Splash
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Eugene Sande, Show Roller, Red Checked Beard
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Teresa Reyes Barrow (left), and Monica Soareds, Black Headed Tumbler, Black
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Donald Roscoe, Dragoon, Blue Bar
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Sherri Owen (Artist),
Pigeon Painting — Holy Spirit, White

All photos by Bret Hartman, www.brethartman.com.

Originally published in the April/May 2015 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine.

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