William Vázquez is an advertising, portrait & documentary photographer based in New York, USA.

Something Different

This one shot of a series I plan to use for an installation that I have been commissioned to do. Roosters

In my travels I see all sorts of things that I would love to photograph but don't have the time, the right equipment, or I missed the opportunity (the story of my life!) So I file it away for future projects (the list keeps growing). Some of these projects have a commercial aspect, or is something I find interesting and want to explore. A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to photograph some fighting roosters while in the Dominican Republic on a different project. The whole thing was set up on the spur of the moment, and I was not prepared conceptually or equipment wise.  I created some photographs, but with the intention of coming back and doing something different. One of the hardest things about these kind of projects is being able to get access to things whether its people, places, or situations.

I always found the roosters to be beautiful and their movements visually stunning.  Also the passions that are aroused by their fighting I found alien to me, but observing the people around me it is pretty amazing.

Here is the set in a private fighting ring at the Trava (fighting rooster ranch).


No animals were harmed for the photo shoot.