This photobook presents Dod Miller's portraits of people partaking in The Birdman competition.
"The Birdman competition is the quintessence of British humour and eccentricity. Held each summer along the south coast of England, people dressed in avian related garb attempt to fly off piers. The furthest flight wins prize money, before splash landing in the water.
Standing on the pier, away from the crowd, Miller captured mixed feelings of excitement, pride, anxiety and fear. As each birdman walked away from the friendly and light atmosphere of the beach to get ready for their big jump, whilst nervously glancing down over the edge of the platform.
The old-fashioned twin-lens reflex, shooting black and white images in a square frame, could capture the eccentric birds with clarity as long as they stood perfectly still. Miller pictured each of them individually, focusing on their uniqueness, particularities and self-crafted narratives. Waves and clouds of rainy English summer days served as a backdrop to their performance, divided by the horizontal lines of the sea and the structure of the pier." - excerpt from the Birdmen afterword by Julie Bonzon.
Plague Press, 2021
h240 x w240 mm
39 b&w photographs
Birdmen Dod Miller Plague Press 2021
4 in stock