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Familiar birds is a joint project by writer and naturalist Ignacio Abella and nature photographer Ramón Arambarri. Abella’s texts conjure up the most common birds around us. The birds that are closest to us not just physically but also because of their centrality in the stories that tell the myths and legends of our collective imagination, myths of creation, fire or seasonal regeneration and that speak to us of the constant companionship that is still a living presence in many rural societies. The privileged gaze of Ramón Arambarri, on the other hand, shows us those same birds through 74 excellently printed photos. They appear in their most emblematic attitudes where the individual expression of each one can be seen.
The work thus becomes a synthesis of knowledge, history, ethnography and ecology centred around birds that is also a gaze charged with empathy seeking to understand these odd companions and our relationship with them. In short, it signals us to pay closer attention to these neighbours of ours who may go unnoticed out of over familiarity.
The book is a paperback original and the covers and flaps are illustrated by Biscayan artist Nerea Legarreta.