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Wild Animals Brave NYC Streets in TriBeCa Photo Show

By Irene Plagianos on July 3, 2014 6:39am 

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 Photographer George Grubb transforms the city into a urban jungle with his Soho Photo Gallery show.
New York City Wildlife Exhibit
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TRIBECA — This photographer’s imagination has run wild.

A giraffe’s long neck peering out of the subway, gorillas catching a ride in a garbage truck and a bear and an antelope hanging out in Central Park are a few of the surreal images by George Grubb now on display at Soho Photo Gallery’s “New York City Wildlife” show.

To raise awareness for increased wildlife conservation, Grubb created a series of quirky images, digitally combining photos he shot of endangered animals from every continent in their natural habitats with everyday New York City scenes.

“In absurdity, I find there is clarity, and therein lies the approach with which I pursue my artistry,” Grubb wrote in his artist’s statement. "By setting these animals in juxtaposition with New York City scenes, I seek to simply ask, ‘If we cannot protect our wildlife in their own natural habitats, where can they be safe?’”

Alongside each of the 12 images on display at the TriBeCa gallery are details about the animals in the photos and how their species are dwindling because of global warming, poaching and urban development.

Fifteen percent of proceeds from the purchase of prints will go to wildlife conservation groups. Prices for the prints range from $1,800 to $2,300.

"George's medium is humor and surprise," said gallery president Paul Stetzer. "His message is that we all need to be mindful of the threats to our home, the earth, and he hopes that we figure out ways to mitigate the threats — with a smile."

Soho Photo Gallery, at 15 White St., is open Wednesday through Sunday 1 to 6 p.m., and by appointment. George Grubb's "New York City Wildlife" will be on display through July 26.

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