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Artist Statement

During expeditions to remote wilderness areas, I have experienced nature's power to inspire reverence for the environment. Returning with thousands of photographs of wildlife – including Russian brown bears in Siberia, polar bears in the Arctic, and penguins in the Antarctic – I have displayed those images in public locations to encourage others to consider what is at stake as we confront the climate crisis. The images represent my relationship with nature and serve as a catalyst for conversations.

Limited wilderness remains. That wilderness, the animals that still inhabit it, and the health of the entire planet are all threatened by human activities. Through my work, I have attempted to open a dialogue about how we connect with the natural places around us and how we see our role in protecting the planet now, in the Anthropocene. In what ways can we engender a recognition that, just as nature has taken care of us, we urgently need to find better ways to take care of nature? My work represents a search for a spiritual and emotional relationship with nature and a better understanding of the impact we have on the world whenever we step outside. I seek to further that introspection through my art and create narratives of hope that demonstrate what is at stake. Recognizing that much damage has already been done, I am centered on a sense of optimism because I know there is a great deal to lose if we do not act with urgency.

Instagram: @ralphrobinsonphoto

Website: ralphrobinsonphoto.com

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Artwork by Ralph Robinson - Dog Bites Bear
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Archival Digital Photograph, from the series "The Future Remains", 2019
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Artwork by Ralph Robinson - Dog, Bear, and Man
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Archival Digital Photograph, from the series "The Future Remains", 2019
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Artwork by Ralph Robinson - "The Catch", from the series "The Future Remains"
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Archival Digital Photograph, from the series "The Future Remains", 2019
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Artwork by Ralph Robinson - Lemaire Triptych, from the series "The Future Remains"
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Archival Digital Photograph, from the series "The Future Remains", 2019
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Video Projection onto Block of Ice, 2020