Portrait of an Ostrich as a Young Bird

By Staff
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A barn owl on a shag carpet cocks its head quizzically, the corners of its beak turned up like a smile. A pig stands with half-closed eyes on a pink carpet in front of pink floral wallpaper. These are the surprising and endearing photos of Catherine Ledner, a Los Angeles-based photographer profiled in the November/December issue of Audubon Magazine.

“I’m doing the same thing that I would do with a person,” says Ledner. “I’m trying to get the essence of who they are.” Taking the animals out of their natural environments and putting them in front of designer wallpaper creates a kind of cognitive dissonance, helping viewers see birds and sheep in a new light. —Bennett Gordon

To see more of Catherine Ledner’s photos, visit her website:

Or the photo essay in Audubon Magazine:

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