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PALOMA AL AIRE
With Paloma al Aire, Ricardo Cases turns his camera to a tradition of pigeon sports known as columbiculture and unique to Spain.- The pigeon breeder spends time, money and hope on his pigeons. He rears them, names them, trains them and has faith in them. When competition day arrives he turns up with childish excitement and uncertainty. Pigeon sports have rules and referees and pigeons can reach a value of thousands of euros, with bets moving even higher amounts. However, there is something much more childlike in the fascination for birds, and the man who holds a trembling bird in his hand has the same look he had when he was ten years old. {read more}