The Friday Photos: Pigeons

TimW
By TimW Last edited 77 months ago
The Friday Photos: Pigeons
Play time, by Andy Thornley
Play time, by Andy Thornley
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A typical London lunchtime, by Paul Steptoe Riley
A typical London lunchtime, by Paul Steptoe Riley
Still want a Boris bike?, by __andrew
Still want a Boris bike?, by __andrew
A veritable pigeon portrait, by Simon Crubellier
A veritable pigeon portrait, by Simon Crubellier
Hideaway, by Sabine Thoele
Hideaway, by Sabine Thoele
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Getting along nicely, by helenoftheways
Getting along nicely, by helenoftheways
Bigger than Tower Bridge, by Ryan Gregory
Bigger than Tower Bridge, by Ryan Gregory
A study in light, by greybeardother
A study in light, by greybeardother

Pigeons get a bad rep and, to be honest, they're not the most aesthetically pleasing of creatures. Not only grey and dirty, so many London pigeons are scarred with bent wings, mangled feet, missing eyes.

Pigeons haven't made the news for a while, but the former (and indeed possibly future) mayor, Ken Livingstone, famously declared war  on the Avian hordes in Trafalgar Square in 2000. A row rumbled on throughout the naughties between the authorities and a group called 'Save the Trafalgar Square Pigeons'.

Today, pigeons still thrive across the city as they always no doubt will. For those eating al fresco this spring, pigeons are a menace near enough everywhere. But as subjects for photography, pigeons are not only objects of disgust. As shown by this street photography book cover, pigeons can make for amusing, sometimes even whimsical, images.

Many thanks as always to the Londonist Flickr contributors: Andy Thornley, helenoftheways, __andrew, Simon Crubellier, Sabine Thoele, Hideous Penguin Boy, greybeardother, Paul Steptoe Riley, Ryan Gregory and brian wortman.

Last Updated 09 March 2012