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A Place Called Home
Keith Logan's Bird Photography

Exhibition of Bird Photographs Opens at Smithsonian

Cedar Waxwings; Okotoks, Alberta, 1983Through views of birds in their natural habitats, photographer Keith Logan explores the theme of home and what it means to the survival of a species. "A Place Called Home," an exhibition of 40 photographs, is on exhibit in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

A self-taught photographer from Alberta, Canada, Logan specializes in detailed images of birds in their habitats. He began exhibiting his photographs in 1981. Since then, his work has been published in magazines, books and calendars.

Logan took most of the photographs in the exhibit with an Arca Swiss 4X5 camera equipped with a custom-built flash. He developed and printed all of these Ilfochrome prints as well as built all the frames for the photographs.

"After I've located a nest, I construct a blind and slowly move it closer and closer," says Logan. "I carefully observe activity around the nest, and if the bird's behavior changes, I withdraw. Sometimes I wait for weeks for the birds to chance upon the composition I have in mind."

"Because I spend a long time watching my subjects, I understand how dependent they are on their habitats. Some are adaptable; others need very specific conditions. All need a place they can call home."