Photos by @richardbarnes | After completing a photographic assignment at the California Academy of Sciences I was walking out of the African Hall when I noticed a painter on a Scaffold repainting a scene in a diorama that had been damaged by smoke from a fire that had recently occurred. I was struck by the strangeness of the scene of this beautiful surreal savannah with giraffe, wildebeest, etc. wrapped in protective plastic, juxtaposed with the painter amidst the tools of his trade. I received permission to return to photograph and this chance encounter led me on to the path to what would become my obsession with photographing Dioramas throughout the world in states of removal, restoration and often, sadly, destruction. There is a strange, some would say disturbing, irony, in going out into the wild and culling animals only to re-animate them to grace the halls of natural history museums. This work forms the basis of my photo series and book "Animal Logic".