George Grubb: Blog http://georgegrubb.com/blog en-us George Grubb (C) 2007-2016 (George Grubb) Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:58:00 GMT Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:58:00 GMT http://georgegrubb.com/img/s10/v106/u56856205-o709958012-50.jpg George Grubb: Blog http://georgegrubb.com/blog 72 120 Winterlark 2017 - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Benefit for Cancer Patients - Feb 4 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2017/1/winterlark-2017 Up for benefit auction at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's annual benefit gala is this black & white quadriptych titled, "Photographing Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes."  The four-piece framed set, fully donated by the artist, is being offered in one lot to support the 34th annual Winterlark gala being held at Graylyn Manor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to support Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP).  Having lost both of my parents to cancer, I am passionately moved to be supporting this event. Key sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank, Celgene Corporation, Reynolds American, Inc., First Tennessee, The Berti Foundation, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.  More information about this gala event may be found on their Web site at www.wakehealth.edu/Winterlark.  The event is being held on February 4th, 2017, at Graylyn Manor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The work has been signed on the verso of each print, and editioned as 1 of 5.

Photographing Mesquite Flat Sand DunesPhotographing Mesquite Flat Sand DunesA quadriptych in edition of five.

Photographing Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

A Quadriptych, Photographed in 2011

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2017/1/winterlark-2017 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:52:36 GMT
Salmagundi New Member's Exhibition - Jan 5 - Jan 13, 2017 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2017/1/salmagundi-new-members-exhibition Having been just elected as a Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, I had the opportunity to participate in my first member exhibition at the renowned art organization which has been a center for American Art since 1871.  Their landmark house is the last surviving brownstone on lower Fifth Avenue, originally built in 1853 as the residence of Irad Hawley, president of the Pennsylvania Coal Company.  In November 1917, the building was acquired by the Salmagundi Club, one of the country's oldest organizations serving artists.  With a 143 year history of fostering the development of American Art, the club's collection comprises nearly 1,600 works of art and hosts three galleries that are open to the public throughout the year.  Its membership has included the likes of Ernest L. Blumenschein, William Merritt Chase, E. Irving Couse, J. Francis Murphy, Howard Pyle, Edward Potthast, Theodore Robinson, F. Childe Hassam, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Carl Rungius, Maynard Dixon, N.C. Wyeth, J. Alden Weir and Ogden Pleissner, to name some.  

The 2017 New Members Exhibition exposed the public to the newest Artist Members of the Salmagundi Club.  On display was a piece of my work from the second series, "Forgotten" which depicted an abandoned military base on the East Coast of Greenland.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10003, USA.  Their Web site is www.salmagundi.org.

Forgotten #5Forgotten #5"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 5

 

 

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2017/1/salmagundi-new-members-exhibition Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:07:50 GMT
Salmagundi Club, Annual Photography And Graphics Exhibition For Non-Members, Aug 1 - 12 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/8/salmagundi-club The Art Committee of the Salmagundi Club has selected, "Forgotten No. 8," for exhibition in the Salmagundi Club's 2016 Annual Photography and Graphics Exhibition For Non-Members, to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, from August 1st - 12th, 2016.  The Art Committee is comprised of Annie Patt, Chairman; Patricia Gericke, Vice Chairman; Janet Cook, Joseph McGlynn, Elizabeth Spencer, Lou Lalli, Anthony Almeida, Georgette Sinclair, Shawn Sullivan, and Roger Rossi.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, between 11th and 12th Streets. The Exhibition is being held in the Main Gallery, Monday, August 1st, through Friday, August 12, 2016 and will be open daily to the public, 1pm-6pm Monday-Friday, and 1pm-6pm Saturday and Sunday.  The Awards Reception for artists and their guests will be held on closing night, Friday, August 12th, 6-9pm.  

 

The Salmagundi Club was founded in 1871 and is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States.  The Club owns a collection of over 1,500 works of art spanning its 140 year history and has a membership of 850 artists and patrons. Its members have included important American artists such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and Childe Hassam.  Honorary members include Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin.

 

Forgotten No. 8

Forgotten No. 8

The selected image, "Forgotten No. 8," is from the Forgotten - Series II.  "Forgotten" depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later. This second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically remind us of the cleanup that remains.  The complete portfolio is available online to view at http://georgegrubb.com/p1057186646.

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/8/salmagundi-club Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:50:44 GMT
Los Angeles Center of Photography, 3rd Annual Member's Exhibition, Jul 30 - Aug 26 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/7/LACP Juror, January Parkos Arnall, selected 50 prints for the "3rd Annual Member's Exhibition" at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).  Ms. Arnall currently works as Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California, and serves on the board at the Inglewood Cultural Arts in Inglewood, CA.  The Hammer Museum was founded by Dr. Armand Hammer in 1990, and the Museum is now managed by the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).  

For this exhibition, the print selected, "Forgotten No. 5" is from the "Forgotten" Series II, which depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered drums continue to leak fuel more than a half-century later. The second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge color to metaphorically expand our awareness of the cleanup that remains as well as remind us how the cost of war haunts us so many decades later. 

The prints will go on exhibition at the DNJ Gallery, opening July 30th, and remain on display through August 26, 2016.  A digital version of the images will also be displayed on the LACP's DNJ Gallery's Web site is at www.dnjgallery.net.  More information about the LACP may be found on their Web site at www.lacphoto.org as well as on their facebook page at www.facebook.com/losangelescenterofphotography.  LACP is located at 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, California, 90028.  

Forgotten #5Forgotten #5"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 5

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/7/LACP Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:56:23 GMT
Center for Photographic Art, "2016 Members Juried Exhibition", Exhibiting Jun 11 - Jul 24 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/6/center-for-photographic-art Juror, Heather Snider, the Executive Director of San Francisco Camerawork, a 40 year-old non-profit arts organization dedicated to the photographic arts, selected "Forgotten No. 3" for the 2016 Members Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California.  With over 700 submissions, Ms. Snider selected "Forgotten No. 3" as one of 45 prints for exhibition in the Center's gallery.  Ms. Snider also selected an additional 45 images for an online gallery presentation, bringing to total 90 images selected for this exhibition.  "Forgotten No.3" is one of the prints from the series, Forgotten - Series II that depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later.  This second series of images were created to integrate a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing, black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically expand our awareness of the cleanup that remains.

The Center for Photographic Art is located at Sunset Center at the intersection of San Carolos Street at 9th Avenue, in Carmel, California, and their Web site is www.photography.org.  An opening reception is held, Saturday, June 11, from 5pm-7pm; with the exhibition running through July 24th.   A soft-cover catalog featuring all gallery and online selections is available at their Web site.  

Forgotten 3Forgotten 3"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/6/center-for-photographic-art Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:32:54 GMT
Exhibiting in "Landscape: A Sense of Place" at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, May 25 - June 26 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/5/sitebrooklyn-landscapes The Artist Reception opens tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, for the exhibition titled, "Landscape: A Sense of Place," being showcased at the Site:Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.  The exhibition is curated by Annette Rose-Shapiro, Managing Editor at ARTnews, Ltd, and will run May 26 through June 26, 2016.  Juror Annette Rose-Shapiro selected the print, "Forgotten No. 3," from the Forgotten - Series II to participate in this exhibition, which incorporates photography as well as fine art.  "Forgotten" depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later. This second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically expand our awareness of the cleanup that remains. The gallery is located at 165 7th Street in Brooklyn, New York, and its hours are posted on their Web site at www.sitebrooklyn.com.  This exhibition marks the fifth juried group exhibition in the U.S. this year with work from this series.

Forgotten 3Forgotten 3"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 3

 

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(George Grubb) http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/5/sitebrooklyn-landscapes Wed, 25 May 2016 19:52:49 GMT
North Valley Art League, California, "Int'l Juried Photography Show" May 3 - June 4 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/5/north-valley-art-league Juror, Jack Fulton, has selected, "Forgotten No. 1," as a Gold Selection in the North Valley Art League (NVAL) 2016 International Juried Photography Show, to be held at the Carter House Gallery from May 3 through June 4, 2016. Mr. Fulton, Professor Emeritus, works at the San Francisco Art Institute and has been involved with Fine Art Photography since 1965. He has taught in the Photography Department of the San Francisco Art Institute from 1969 to 2013, and was Chair of the Department for approximately half that period. He designed the complete darkroom facilities and curriculum, also introducing color, historic processes and the digital environment. He also taught at UC Santa Cruz, Colorado College, Emily Carr in Vancouver, Ansel Adams Yosemite workshops, the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, Anderson Ranch and in Lisbon Portugal. His body of work has earned him numerous awards, including two NEA Fellowships (1970 and 1990) and an NEA Publishing Award, which brought forth a book on walking in the Sierra Nevada: 2 Saunters: Summer & Winter.  Mr. Fulton's work has also been exhibited at many notable venues, including SFMOMA; Oakland Museum; Los Angeles County Museum; University of AZ; Chicago Art Institute; Biblioteque Nationale, Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris; Seagram's; UNOCAL, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

For this exhibition, Mr. Fulton designated a select group of images as a "Gold Selection," meaning these images are presented in a print exhibition. An additional group of images, designated as a "Silver Selection," are being exhibited in a digital slide show and on the NVAL Web site.

The Gallery is located at Caldwell Park, 48 Quartz Hill Road in Redding, California 96003.  An opening reception is being held at the Gallery on Saturday, May 7, from 6 to 8pm.  The North Valley Art League is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the visual arts in the northern California region.

Forgotten 1Forgotten 1"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 1 (Honorable Mention)

The selected image, "Forgotten No. 1," is from the Forgotten - Series II.  "Forgotten" depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later. This second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically remind us of the cleanup that remains.  The complete portfolio is available online to view at http://georgegrubb.com/p1057186646.

 

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(George Grubb) http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/5/north-valley-art-league Fri, 06 May 2016 15:34:41 GMT
Sohn Fine Art Gallery's "5th Annual Juried Exhibition" - Lenox, Massachusetts, April 24 - Jun 5 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/3/sohn-fine-art-gallerys More than 1200 entries competed for the twenty available selections at Sohn Fine Art Gallery's 5th Annual Juried Exhibition. The esteemed panel of jurors for this year's exhibition were John R. Stomberg (Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College), Jan Nagle (Program Associate at Center for Photography at Woodstock) and Hannah Blunt (Assistant Curator at Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum). Mr. Stomberg also served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and served also as both Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Williams College Museum of Art. Before Williams, Mr. Stomberg served as Director of the Boston University Art Gallery.  Ms. Nagle joined the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2015, and has held full-time teaching positions at The School of Art and Design at Alfred University and Kendall College of Art and Design.  Prior to, she served as the workshop instructor and coordinator at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY. She was also CEPA's resident regional artist in 2004, and received "Best In Show" at CEPA's 2009 Member's Exhibition, which led to multiple solo exhibitions at the gallery. Hannah Blunt manages and develops exhibitions for the Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, and assists with general research and care of the Museum's collection. 
 

 

Selected for the exhibition is "Forgotten No. 3" from the Forgotten - Series II.  "Forgotten" depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later. This second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically remind us of the cleanup that remains. The exhibition runs April 24 through June 5, at the Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts, with an artist reception scheduled for Saturday, May 7, from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. Further details of the gallery and the show may be located at their Web site at www.sohnfineart.com and also in their press release.
 

 

Forgotten #3Forgotten #3"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 3

 

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(George Grubb) http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/3/sohn-fine-art-gallerys Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:19:21 GMT
Travel Africa Magazine, Issue #72, Publishes George Grubb's Photographic Work http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/3/travel-africa-magazine-issue-72 Travel Africa Magazine is an international travel magazine covering African destinations, wildlife and culture.  Its mission is to convey the excitement of all things African through vivid writing and inspiring photography, backed up by solid facts, expert advice and the latest news for this region. Launched in 1997 and published in the United Kingdom, the magazine is produced by Gecko Publishing.  Working in partnership with Gecko Publishing, the African Wildlife Foundation is collaborating to produce articles about conservation and increase awareness of its mission. The Foundation also submits copies each publication to its 3,000+ major donors and partners.  The partnership enables the magazine to  increase its coverage of special projects and other conservation related issues throughout Africa.  The African Wildlife Foundation is one of the World's largest and most active African conservation groups, with headquarters in Nairobi.  The organization provides a strong lobbying voice for conservation-related policies at the government level while also engaging local communities and park authorities and other stakeholders in a wide variety of projects across the continent.  More information about this partnership may be found online here at www.awf.org/news/new-partnership-between-travel-africa-awf.

 

The article, titled "Trails and Beehives to Protect Chimpanzees," is a conservation story about the efforts underway to protect the chimpanzees of Uganda's Budongo Forest. The article describes a partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Uganda's Biodiversity Program and  the Jane Goodall Institute, all working together in launching a beekeeping program throughout local communities as a way to inhibit humans encroaching into the chimpanzees' habitat.  The article, found on page 3 of issue #72, features this image of a wild chimpanzee I photographed in Uganda's forest in 2014.

 

Chimpanzee Sitting In Kibale National Park, UgandaChimpanzee Sitting In Kibale National Park, Uganda

Chimpanzee, Photographed in Uganda, 2014

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(George Grubb) Chimpanzee Exhibitions http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/3/travel-africa-magazine-issue-72 Sat, 05 Mar 2016 00:04:58 GMT
Collector's Choice Exhibition & Art Auction, Blackboard Gallery, Camarilla, California - March 12 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/2/collectors-choice-exhibition Juror Jason Horejs, owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, selected three prints from the series, "Forgotten," for the Studio Channel Islands' annual Collectors Choice Exhibition & Benefit Art Auction on March 12, 2016. The Exhibition is being held at the Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo, California. The Studio Channel Islands is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the arts within Ventura County, California.        

Jason Horejs is recognized as the author of "Starving to Successful-The Fine Artist's Guide to Getting into Galleries and Selling More Art."  He began his gallery career at Legacy Galleries in Scottsdale, and in 2001, opened his own gallery, Xanadu Gallery also in Scottsdale.  Mr. Horejs will award a First, Second and Third Place honor among the exhibited works for the exhibition.  The benefit commences at 6pm (VIP at 5pm), and tickets range from $200-$300.  For additional information, please visit www.studiochannelislands.org/events/collectors-choice/ .  The event is held at Blackboard Gallery, located at 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, California.  

Forgotten #1Forgotten #1"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten #1

Forgotten #6Forgotten #6"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 6

 

Forgotten #5Forgotten #5"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 5

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/2/collectors-choice-exhibition Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:24:24 GMT
Center for Fine Art Photography, LANDSCAPES, Juror Natasha Egan, May 6 - Jun 11 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/2/c4fap-landscapes Juror, Natasha Egan, has selected Forgotten No. 2 for the upcoming group exhibition, "LANDSCAPES" at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The exhibition will run May 6 through June 11, 2016, with an opening reception to be held Friday, May 6, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the gallery.  Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP).  She has organized over fifty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics.  Egan was a guest curator for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial in Houston, Texas and juried international exhibitions. Egan has contributed essays to numerous publications and peridicals and lectures internationally. For over a decade, she taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago, and holds a BA in Asian studies, MA in museum studdies, and an MFA in fine art photography.

The selected image is part of a larger portfolio of images captured of an abandoned World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland, called "Bluie East Two."  This abandoned base leaves behind as its legacy, thousands of fuel drums, that continue leaking to this day. More images submitted for exhibition consideration may be viewed on this Web site at www.georgegrubb.com/p1057186646

The Center for Fine Art Photography was founded in 2004 and is a nonprofit organization that provides three public galleries, classrooms and support to photographic artists through exhibition, promotion, education and connection to a large community of artists, curators, gallery owners and industry leading photographic professionals.  The Center is located at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524. More information may be obtained by visiting their Web site at www.c4fap.org.

Forgotten 2Forgotten 2"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 2

 

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/2/c4fap-landscapes Sat, 13 Feb 2016 20:55:48 GMT
Plight of the Orangutans - Now on Social Documentary.Net http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/1/plight-of-the-orangutans On a visit to the Orangutan Care Centre in 2013, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Galdikas, the famed primatologist, and receive a tour of this facility.  The Orangutan Care Centre, located in Borneo, Indonesia, was originally conceived to rescue and rear about 30 orphaned orangutans at a time with the goal of reintroducing them back into the wild.  But due to the immense scale of deforestation by the palm oil plantations, along with the wide-spread poaching, their numbers have ballooned to ten times this amount at the care center.  The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is now rated as Endangered by the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species, and it is estimated that less than 70,000 now live in the wild. The exhibit can be visited by following this link.  Selected images from this online exhibit are posted below as well.

http://www.socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/George_Grubb/3339

BorneoOrangutan Care Centre And Quarantine

The Orangutan Care Centre, located in the village of Pasir Panjang, near Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia.

BorneoOrangutan Care Center

The center was developed to rescue orphaned baby orangutans whose mothers had either been poached, or had been held captive as pets. The center provides medical, emotional and parental care in a long process that will attempt to prepare them for reintroduction back into the wild. Picture here, juvenile orphans are released daily to play on the grounds supervised by the staff. This daily contact with the forest helps prepare them for the day they can be fully released into the wild.  

BorneoOrangutan Care Center

Pictured here, the renowned primatologist, Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas, carries one of the orphaned baby orangutans along with her staff. Dr. Galdikas has worked extensively with the orangutans in Borneo, studying their behavior and habitat, and is considered the World's foremost authority on the orangutans. Like Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Dr. Galdikas also was a protege under Kenyan anthropologist, Dr. Louis Leakey. 

BorneoOrangutan Care Center

The staff carries the younger orangutans from their holding bins for their daily feeding and playtime excursion. When a new baby arrives at the care center, it will undergo a thirty day quarantine whereby an extensive health examination is given to assess the special needs of the newly rescued orphan. 

BorneoOrangutan Care Center

At the care center, medical attention is provided for treatment of parasites, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis, along with other potential ailments and diseases. Pictured here, juvenile orangutans need little guidance to find their way around the grounds, yet the small rope acts more as a lead to help the move about with their guide.  

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Caregivers at the center, take the orangutans out daily for exercise and feeding. This experience enables them to explore and discover life in the forest while staying under the watchful eye of their caregiver.   

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The number one threat to orangutans is currently clear-cutting and poaching derived from coming into conflict with palm oil plantations. It is estimated that up to 5,000 orangutans are killed annually due to the Palm Oil industry's practices, and widespread deforestation. The clear-cutting by these plantations wrecks even more havoc on their habitat than illegal logging. For this reason, many conservation groups implement boycotts on palm oil and products utilizing this ingredient. 

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One of the key challenges in preparing an orphan for the wild, is a condition known as "failure to thrive." This is the equivalent of losing the will to live, and rejuvenation from this condition can require many years of attentive care at the center. 

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The center was originally designed to support about thirty orphans, but the crisis has grown so vast that the center is overpopulated with nearly 300 orphaned orangutans. 

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In the covered shelters, orangutans are able to feed and exercise on a daily basis. They do not leave their caregivers, and thus, there is no need for a fence to contain them. Orangutans are native only in Indonesia and Malaysia, and fortunately, it is against the law to keep them as pets in those countries, but not so in other countries. Thus, the illegal pet trade thrives, which usually involves poaching the mother in attempts to steal her baby. 

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When orangutans are ready to be released into the wild, they have access to a feeding station to help stabilize their new transition. Here, a caregiver is pouring milk into a container on an outdoor feeding station in Tanjung Puting National Park, which is nearby the care center. 

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Sometimes, orangutans from the wild will also take advantage of the feeding stations. 

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The care center is staffed full-time by veterinarians, along with support staff, and medical doctors are available on an as-needed basis. Approximately 130 people work at the center, in helping to care for the approximately 300 orphaned orangutans. The care center is outfitted with emergency operating room technologies, including x-ray, lab and special quarantine living quarters. 

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The baby orphans enjoy playing in the jungle, always keeping their caregivers in sight. There is no netting or fence to prevent them from escaping, as the orphans will quickly return to their caregivers when they see them start to depart. 

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Infant orangutans usually require up to eight or nine years of care from their mother before they are able to venture out on their own. Thus, without their mothers, the bonds with their caregivers becomes critically vital for their mental and emotional well being. 

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The orphans are given a plastic bottle of milk, and they know exactly how to drink from it with little help. 

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Following an active day of play, this orangutan returns with his caregiver back to his pen to sleep. 

BorneoBorneo

Some of the younger orphans fall asleep before they even make it back to their pens, after a day of play. 

BorneoBorneo

BorneoBorneo

Dr. Galdikas and her staff return to the center, after a day of active play and feeding the orphaned orangutans. For information on how to support the orangutans and their cause, Dr. Galdikas's foundation can be visited online at www.orangutan.org

 

While in Tanjung Puting National Park, I set my digital camera to video mode and recorded the following video for this presentation.

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(George Grubb) http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/1/plight-of-the-orangutans Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:40:17 GMT
"The Unwanted Pooch Puzzle," Solo Exhibition At Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, Dec 2 - Jan 2 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/12/UnwantedPoochPuzzle All of the dogs depicted in this project were abandoned and ended up in animal shelters; both kill and non-kill shelters.  At the time of their being photographed, many were still in the shelters in hopes of a new life. "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" is a project developed in coordination with the SPCA in Wake County (a no-kill animal shelter), and the Davidson County Animal Shelter (a kill-shelter), both of which are located in North Carolina.  The project’s goal was to help rescue these domestic pets from euthanasia and find loving homes for them.  The project also seeks to cultivate a fresh perspective using the photographic arts to raise additional awareness and support for the problem of unwanted domestic pets.  Every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on studies from the National Council On Pet Population which estimates that 3.7 million are put down each year.  

Saving AndiSaving Andi

Saving Andi

In 2014, North Carolina animal shelters euthanized 119,751 dogs and cats due to an "unwanted" status.  Sadly, many of these domesticated animals were just starting their lives and shared an eagerness to learn about and be a part of this world as much as humans.  The problem of high kill rates is not necessarily lower for smaller shelters versus larger ones.  A closer look at the statistics from the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture reveal wide variances between animal shelters.  For example, a smaller shelter in Polkton, NC, took in 678 dogs in 2014, killing 587 of them (86.6%). By contrast, a larger shelter in Henderson, NC, took in 1,566 dogs in 2014, and only killed 39 of them (2.5%). So why is Henderson's animal shelter so much more successful with their pet adoption rates than Polkton's animal shelter? 

Saving MojoSaving Mojo

Saving Mojo

Proximity does not play much of a role either.  Two small towns next to each other and of approximately the same size, have startling different euthanasia rates.  Salisbury, NC, took in 2,250 cats and 2,189 dogs in their shelter in 2014. Of those, they terminated 20.36% of the cats, and 10.28% of the dogs. They ran a very effective adoption program, whereby 1,511 cats were adopted and 1,584 dogs were adopted.  Lexington, which is about 15 miles away, took in 2,849 cats and 2,757 dogs. Of those, they terminated 91.82% of the cats and 67.39% of the dogs.

Saving MinnieSaving Minnie

Saving Minnie

Fortunately, concerned citizens of Lexington, NC, fed up with the high kill rates in their town, convinced their county commissioners to vote five to two to turn over the County's animal shelter from the sheriff's department to a nonprofit organization on Dec 9, 2014.  This organization was currently running Guilford County's animal shelter, which increased adoptions there from a paltry 3% to 52% as of 2014 and increased return of animals to rightful owners nearly 20%. 

Saving MilaSaving MilaSaving Mila was selected for exhibition in the 4th Annual Jackson Hole Photography Competition. More details at http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/Mila

Saving Mila

Sadly, as long as people are regarding domestic pets as disposable property, this problem will remain difficult to resolve. However, concerned advocacy at the local level, as occurred in Lexington, NC, can start to show surprisingly better results. This project seeks to provide creative support for organizations seeking to address this problem. Through donations of this work for benefit auctions, to raising community awareness and combining animal welfare with artistry, the Artist hopes to inspire renewed energies for tackling this global problem. The metaphor of the puzzle used in this series is done in part to describe a difficult problem that can be solved, as well as to appeal to the viewer to reach out and to be the missing pieces in these unwanted dogs lives through adoption.  Thus, the Artist is donating all proceeds he receives from the sale of this work to a local charitable animal rescue organization.

Saving OliveSaving Olive

Saving Olive

The SPCAs are a group of local humane societies around the world that operate independently from each other and are not affiliated with a national organization, as most people may presume.  Each SPCA is a separate entity governed by its own policies and board of directors.  To learn more about the Wake County SPCA in North Carolina, please visit their Web site at www.spcawake.org.  On October 11, 2015, twelve metal prints from this collection were donated to their Annual Fur Ball Benefit Auction to help raise funds to support their operations.

Saving MonteSaving Monte

Saving Monte

The opening reception is tonight, Dec 1, from 6-8pm at Soho Photo Gallery.  The public is invited.  The gallery is located at 15 White Street, between W. Broadway and Church Street in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City.  Gallery hours are available by visiting their Web site at http://www.sohophoto.com .   Also, a special event is being held at the Gallery on Dec 13th, from 1-6pm, with Mighty Mutts Rescue and WaggyTail Rescue bringing their dogs available for adoption to the gallery for a special awareness event, that will feature a silent auction to make for an exciting afternoon.  All proceeds from the sales of these works have been donated to these two animal rescue organizations.

Dogs At The Davidson County Animal ShelterDogs At The Davidson County Animal ShelterThis image is presented as an actual, 1,000 piece magnetic jigsaw puzzle on magnetic board which enables the viewers to interact with and have fun with this giant-size work of art. The image features the dogs in need of rescue at the Davidson County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. Fortunately, thanks to diligent work of volunteers at the shelter since they were photographed, these animals have all been successfully adopted.

The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle

The above image is an actual jigsaw puzzle of the animals photographed at the Davidson County Animal Shelter, presented in the exhibition.

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/12/UnwantedPoochPuzzle Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:29:00 GMT
"In Pursuit Of Nature," New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee Exhibition, Nov 5 - Mar 9 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/11/new-york-city-sierra-club-photography-committee New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee is producing an exhibition titled, "In Pursuit of Nature," which is being exhibited at the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center in the Hells Kitchen/Clinton neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. The exhibition commences with an opening reception on Wednesday evening, November 11th, and the exhibition will run from November 5th through March 9, 2016. The Photography Committee has selected approximately 50 images for print exhibition, and the exhibition is presented as a public service to the Center. Exhibit hours are Mon, Tue, Thur from 8:30am-7:00pm; Wed & Fri, from 8:30am-4:30pm; and Sat (every other Sat) from 9:30am-1:00pm. The Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center is located at 645 Tenth Avenue (Between 45th & 46th Streets) in New York, NY 10036. Directions are available online at www.ryancenter.org. More information about the New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee is available on their Web site at www.sierraphotonyc.com.  A portion of the sales proceeds from this exhibition goes to benefit the Sierra Club.

 

On Salisbury PlainOn Salisbury PlainPhotographed in October, 2012, this image was captures King Penguins and Fur Seals in the Island of South Georgia on Salisbury Plain.

On Salisbury Plain, Island of South Georgia

24" x 16" Pigment Ink Print

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Penguins http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/11/new-york-city-sierra-club-photography-committee Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:10:57 GMT
Fur Ball Auction Benefit, North Carolina State University State Club, Oct 11 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/10/furball Oct 11, all of the works in the solo exhibition of “The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" (as exhibited at the gallery wall at the SPCA of Wake County) will be offered at auction in a benefit for the SPCA.  This project was developed in coordination with the SPCA in Wake County, North Carolina, to help rescue domestic pets from euthanasia.  The project seeks to cultivate a fresh perspective using the creative arts to bring additional awareness and support for the problem of unwanted domestic pets. Every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on studies from the National Council On Pet Population which estimates that 3.7 million are put down each year.  

 

Saving Jonah

Three Acceptances in Austria's Trierenberg Super Circuit, Experimental Category, 2015

 

All of the dogs depicted in this exhibition were photographed at the Wake County SPCA, a no-kill animal shelter. The work in this exhibition has been fully donated by the Artist to the Wake County SPCA to help raise awareness and funds at the upcoming Fur Ball Benefit, which will be held at the NCSU State Club on Sunday, October 11, 2015.  The Artist will be in attendance. The metaphor of the puzzle used in this series is done in part to describe a difficult problem that can be solved, as well as to appeal to the viewer to reach out and to be the missing pieces in these unwanted dogs lives through adoption. Tickets are available online by visiting their Web site at http://spcawake.org/events/fur-ball-gala-event/

 

Saving MilaSaving Mila

Saving Mila

"4th Annual Jackson Hole Photography Competition," Jurors Tom Mangelsen, Karolina Karlic, Ramak Fazel, Art Association Gallery of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, Apr 17 - May 22, 2015

 

The SPCA of Wake County is a local, independent, non-profit organization that receives no government funding or tax dollars.  They  are a no-kill shelter that relies almost entirely on private donations to fund their annual operating budget of $2.4 million. The SPCAs are a group of local humane societies around the world that operate independently from each other and are not affiliated with a national organization, as most people may presume.  Each SPCA is a separate entity governed by its own policies and board of directors.  To learn more about the Wake County SPCA in North Carolina, please visit their Web site at http://spcawake.org/events/fur-ball-gala-event/  The work in this exhibition may also be viewed online by clicking here.

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/10/furball Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:16:51 GMT
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - Spine Gallery - Solo Exhibition Oct 3 - Dec 31 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/9/baptist-medical-center In the "Spine Gallery" of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a collection of my spiritual landscapes and wildlife photography will be on display opening October 3rd.  The exhibition will be on display through the end of the year.  Barbara Cullen, the Arts & Health Program's Art Curator, selected the images for this exhibition.  The "Spine Gallery" is located on the ground floor in the connector hallway that bridges the Janeway Clinical Sciences Tower with the Reynolds Tower.  The hospital is located at 1 Medical Center Boulevard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Twelve signed, limited edition prints have been donated to the hospital for their permanent collection, following the exhibition.  The full set of prints may be viewed online in the "Exhibitions" folder. More information about this program is available at www.wakehealth.edu/Arts.

Tulips of Skagit ValleyTulips of Skagit Valley

Tulips of Skagit Valley

Abandoned House in WheatfieldAbandoned House in Wheatfield

Abandoned House in Wheatfield

 

Photographer At Mesquite DunesPhotographer At Mesquite Dunes

Photographer At Mesquite Dunes

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Landscapes http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/9/baptist-medical-center Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:07:07 GMT
Salmagundi Annual Juried Photography & Graphics Exhibition, New York, NY Jul 27 - Aug 7 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/salmagundi-annual-juried-photography-graphics-exhibition-new-york-ny-jul-27---aug-7 A Weave of Light No. 2, selected for the "Salmagundi Annual Juried Photography & Graphics Non-Members Exhibition," will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Salmagundi Club from July 27 through August 7, 2015.  This competitive fine art exhibition is comprised of works from all over the country, features both well-known and up-and-coming artists' works.  The Awards Reception will be held Friday, August 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  The jury is comprised of the Club's Art Committee, led by Chairman Charles Yoder, and Vice Chairman Annie Patt. The selected image features an extreme closeup of fireworks over New York City during a 4th of July celebration.  The Salmagundi Club is dedicated primarily to the exhibition of fine art created by living American artists and to nurturing a friendly atmosphere conducive to learning about art with classes in drawing and painting, discussions about art materials and techniques, lectures, concerts, and a host of social activities.  All exhibitions and most events are free and open to the public.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47th Fifth Avenue, New York, NY USA, at the intersection of 12th Street.

 

A Weave of Light, No. 2A Weave of Light, No. 220" x 20" Coated Aluminum Metal Print, Edition 1 of 3

A Weave of Light, No. 2

Medium:  Coated-Aluminum Metal Print, 20" x 20", Edition 1 of 3

Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States.  Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City, the club includes three galleries, a library, a parlor and a restaurant and bar with vintage pool tables.  The club owns a collection of over 1,500 works of art spanning its 140 year history, and has a membership of nearly 850 artists and patrons.  Its members have included important American artists such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and Childe Hassam.  Its honorary members have included luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin. Today, the Club builds on its legacy by providing a center for the resurgence of representational art in America.  The Salmagundi Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

 

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(George Grubb) http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/salmagundi-annual-juried-photography-graphics-exhibition-new-york-ny-jul-27---aug-7 Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:41:49 GMT
"Saving Olive" Exhibits in "Gone To The Dogs," Niza Knoll Gallery, Jul 17 to Aug 22 http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/NizaKnollGallery Saving Olive was selected by juror, Aliki McCain, for the national exhibition, "Gone To The Dogs," opening at the Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado, USA, on July 17 to August 22, 2015. An artists' reception is being held at the gallery from 5-8pm, July 17, during the Art District on Santa Fe's Third Friday Artwalk.  The gallery's hours are Wed-Fri 1-5pm, First and Third Friday 4-8pm, and Saturday from 1-4pm. Visit www.nizaknollgallery.com for further details.

 

Aliki McCain is an Artist, Exhibition Manager and Curator for ArtHaus Gallery. Based in Denver, Colorado, she oversaw the ArtHaus Gallery for four years with Michael Gladin, where she recently also facilitated Project Education South Sudan. She works as an artist and also obtained her Masters in Fine Art and her Bachelors in Art History at University of California Irvine. She explores the human condition and examines these relationships in her work.

 

Saving OliveSaving OliveSaving Olive is part of "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" project, an art exhibition that was coordinated with the SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina, to photograph their dogs to help raise awareness of the need for pet adoption. More details of this exhibition are available on this Web site by clicking here.

Saving Olive

This print is part of a larger solo exhibition titled, "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle," that is currently on exhibition at the SPCA in Wake County, North Carolina.  The project was designed to help support efforts underway to raise funds and awareness of the need to support adoption efforts to rescue domestic pets from euthanasia.  It is estimated that every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on studies from the National Council on Pet Population which estimates that 3.7 million are put down each year in animal shelters across the country.

 

"Gone To The Dogs" Exhibition"Gone To The Dogs" Exhibition

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/NizaKnollGallery Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:30:16 GMT
BIOPHILIA-THE WAY OF LIFE; a Publication Celebrating the IUCN's 50th Anniversary http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/biophiliabook Every now and then, it occurs to me that a significant event in my past escaped my blog.  This entry is to note this special publication released in December, 2014. BIOPHILIA-THE WAY OF LIFE, produced by Synchronicity Earth, for the International Union of Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) 50th Anniversary of the Red List of Threatened Species. The book was produced in coordination with the BioPhilia Ball, held on 22 November 2014, in London's Natural History Museum, where three of my works were also offered up at auction for this benefit. The five images depicted below were used in this book, a copy of which may also be viewed online. This 370+ page book contains excerpts written specifically for this publication by notable conservationists such as Adam Sweidan, Founding Trustee and Chair, Synchronicity Earth; Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN; Douglas Tompkins, President, Conservation Land Trust and Founder, Foundation for Deep Ecology; Dr. Jerome Lewis, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University College London; Paul Kingsworth, Writer, former Deputy Editor of The Ecologist; Prof. William Sutherland, Conservation Biology, Zoology Department, University of Cambridge; Dr. Simon Stuart, Species Survival Commission Chair, IUCN; Dr. William Darwall, Manager, IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit; Prof. Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London; Prof. Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Ecology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford; Dr. Heather Koldewey, Head of Global Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London; and Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Founder, Mission Blue.

 

African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa, Page 83.

African Elephants (Loxodonta africana), Page 83

Female Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) With BabyFemale Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) With BabyFemale Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) with Baby in Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia, Page 17.

Female Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) With Baby, Page 17

Lake Edward, UgandaLake Edward, UgandaView of Lake Edward, Uganda, Africa, Page 177.

Lake Edwards, Uganda, Page 177

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) Silverback male in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Africa, Page 181.

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Page 181

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in ArcticPolar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in ArcticMale Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on Arctic Ice, Arctic Ocean, Page 353.

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in Arctic Ocean, Page 353

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) On Arctic Ice Pack, Arctic Ocean, Page 324.

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in Arctic Ocean, Page 324

Letter from Trustee of Synchronicity EarthLetter from Trustee of Synchronicity Earth

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions IUCN http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/biophiliabook Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:17:44 GMT
Cover Photo, Spring 2015, Technical Partners Newsletter, African Wildlife Foundation http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/6/awf2015TPN Chimpanzee At Rest II has been selected for the front cover of the African Wildlife Foundation's Technical Partners Newsletter in the Spring issue of 2015. This male chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) was photographed in Kibale National Park of Uganda in a recent photographic expedition in 2014. The African Wildlife Foundation, based in Nairobi, Kenya, works to provide critical conservation support throughout Africa, from endangered specie protection to supporting UNESCO designation of sensitive environmental areas to building schools in poverty stricken areas to promoting conservation education.  To learn more about the African Wildlife Foundation, visit their Web site at www.awf.org.

 

The chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is listed as Endangered by the IUCN’s Red List. Their population is projected to decline by more than 50% between 1970 to 2030, primarily due to human activity; habitat destruction, exploitation, reduction in habitat quality, political instability and the transport of diseases, such as Ebola.  Deforestation and slash-and-burn agricultural practices have depleted about 80% of the forests in Western and Central Africa. And to the surprise of many, poaching continues with chimpanzees sold as bushmeat in urban markets in Cote d’Lvoire, and the illegal pet trade continues, which usually involves slaughtering the mothers and other members of the group to capture the babies. Chimps are also slaughtered for crop protection, and still captured for medicinal studies in certain countries.  Illegal logging not only destroys habitats, but creates roads for poachers to access them more easily.  And the increasing human encounter is increasing the chimps’ exposure to more diseases.  While protected by law in many countries, stricter enforcement of existing laws and effective management of protective areas is urgently needed.

 

Chimpanzee At Rest IIChimpanzee At Rest IIKibale National Park, Uganda

Chimpanzee At Rest II

 

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(George Grubb) http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/6/awf2015TPN Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:29:44 GMT