As a lover and appreciator of all types of birds, I find it irritating when people say they don’t like birds, that they find them creepy or gross. Tamara Staples’ portraits of fabulous, elegant chickens help to give this bird the positive attention it deserves. In the same manner that fancy pigeons are often photographed, Staples presents a variety of chickens seemingly posing before her with magnificence, drama, and grace. The pictures are breathtakingly beautiful, with perfect lighting and rich, textured backgrounds.

Ancient breeds of the chicken have been placed as early as 3000 BC, and it is thanks to a passionate group of breeders that many of these breeds continue to thrive. Staples has also made portraits of chicken breeders, and her respect for the care and passion of the practice is evident in each of her images.

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