Beginning with the ancient Mesopotamians and later Egyptians, pigeons and man have had a strong symbiotic bond. As natural foragers, they could go out on their own and find food. Their uncanny homing abilities brought them home to the pigeon houses man built for them. In return for shelter, they provided a plentiful food source for humans, as well as valuable guano, which was the most effective natural fertilizer man had known. Today, with few natural predators and plentiful food scraps, pigeons continue to thrive in cities.
Andrew Garn has been documenting these feathered urban dwellers since 2008 and has amassed an archive of over 8,000 images. The close-up portraits ennoble; they reveal the individuality, personalities, and inner beauty of this common bird. Photographs of the pigeon developmental process, including one-hour-old hatchlings, peepers, and fledglings, give insight to a mostly secret world. High speed electronic flash of pigeon flight illustrates the incredible and graceful maneuverability of our avian neighbors. These dye-sublimation prints on aluminum are sized from 16 x 20" to 30 x 40".