Hoodwinked

Hoodwinked

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Falconry is an ancient practice in the Middle East, dating back to 6,000 BC. The birds are trained slowly from the time they are young with tethers, leashes, and rewards that control when and how far they fly. The practice works primarily because they wear small, leather hoods; miniature steam-punk style helmets, which look equal parts ridiculous and cool. They serve the purpose of keeping them fooled and calm while they are chained to the ground. When they can't see their reality, they rest happily on their master's arm.

When the master wants his bird to fly, he removes her hood and lets her loose. She takes flight instantly, soaring majestically, diving and swooping until his call summons her back, and she gets a reward. 
But sometimes, I learned, even the best and most well-trained birds don't return. The joy of open flight overtakes them. They decide the reward isn't worth the trade-off. 


8" x 10" Museum-quality poster made on thick and durable matte paper. White border on left and right

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%