The "New York City Wildlife" project will have its first solo show exhibition at SohoPhoto Gallery in New York City. The exhibition will run July 2 - 26, 2014, with an opening reception on July 2, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, and a closing reception on July 22, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. SohoPhoto Gallery is located in the TribeCa neighborhood at 15 White Street, New York, NY 10013. The gallery's hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00pm - 6:00pm, or by appointment. Further information is available on their Web site at http://www.sohophoto.com
Many of the prints in this exhibition have received many awards and juried exhibitions; both in the United States and abroad. These include: "Visiting The New York Public Library" won first place at the "2014 Juried Exhibition" at the Center of Photography in California; "Skinny Dipping on Park Avenue" won first place at the "Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts" in Oregon; "Riding The New York Subway" won first place in the "2014 Cottingley Lens Competition" in New York and an Honorable Mention in the Providence Art Club's "2014 All Media Juried Competition" in Rhode Island. This print also was selected for exhibition at the Houston Center of Photography's "32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition," received a Gold Selection and exhibition at the North Valley Art League's Carter House Gallery in the "Photography: The Full Spectrum" exhibition, and also was selected for exhibition in "The 50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition" at the Naples Art Association in Florida as well as the upcoming Houston Center for Photography's "32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition." "Reigning Over Central Park" won 2nd place in the 6th Pollux Awards in York, United Kingdom. "Leaving Subway at 23rd Street" was selected for exhibition at the Naples Art Association's "50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition." The print, "Visiting the New York Public Library" was also selected for exhibition at Aperture's "Summer Open" exhibition this July in New York City, and the print was also selected for exhibition at the Houston Center of Photography's "32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition." The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art selected four images for exhibition in their "Electron Salon" this June, and the Jacksonville Center for the Arts selected "Escaping Central Park" for exhibition in the Hayloft Gallery for the "2014 JAX Juried Exhibition." The "New York City Wildlife" project will have its 2nd solo exhibition at the 3rd International Biennial for Fine Art and Documentary Photography, to be held at the Municipal Heritage Museum in Malaga, Spain, that will run September 18 - November 9, 2014.
The animals depicted in the “New York City Wildlife” series are all wild and were photographed during my journeys to their natural environments in threatened regions around the World. From the Arctic to Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica, my travels to every continent have enabled me to witness the effects of globalization on our World. The message is the same around the globe…these animals and their habitats are threatened by humans, either through climate change, poaching, urban development or other intrusions into their environments.
With each print at the exhibition, I provide a written summary of the obstacles to survival for the species shown. This includes the current threat rating from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. The IUCN is the World’s largest global environmental network, consisting of a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and approximately 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries, supported by a staff of more than 1,000 professionals in 160 countries. The IUCN’s primary purpose is dedicated to finding pragmatic solutions to pressing environmental and developmental challenges. The organization publishes the IUCN Red List of threatened species, which assesses the conservation status of over 70,000 species, including plant, marine, arid, semi-arid and the most threatened of all, freshwater species.
Most viewers today recognize the topic of wildlife conservation, but few recognize the urgency of it. I hope to help increase awareness of the urgency of this crisis through my work. With each print sale, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a conservation organization seeking to protect that species shown. The images provided in this exhibit are a portion of the collection in the “New York City Wildlife” series; a collection which is continuously growing.