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Paul Murray Celebrates Arctic And African Adventures As Artist In Residence For ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibit 2021. Applications Now Open

The International ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Exhibition 2021 is now open for entriesFocusing our attention on the plight of endangered and threatened species/habitats, ENDANGERED encourages artists and photographers who are committed to and focused on using their talent to support wildlife and the environment. The Virtual Artist in Residence Program is awarded monthly to the artist or photographer who has submitted 3 or more entries to the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021. The Rickie Report introduces Paul Murray and more details of how to apply for the 2021 Exhibit!









December, 2020


Paul M. Murray

Visual traveler and photographic artist based in Rhode Island.

Paul discusses the inspiration for his photographic journeys below.






“Morning Trek to Water” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


A daily dawn trek to the watering hole is the reality of life for these zebras.

“Staying instinctive, remaining vigilant and working the opportunity are critical. When in doubt, I do something different or unexpected.”




Exploring Antarctica 2011. © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


“To the extent that my images enrich the experience and vision of others, I feel that I have achieved a way of communicating that is unique to me as a photographer.”





Exploring the Arctic


As global warming increases, the Arctic and its inhabitants are in danger. The melting of sea ice shrinks the area in which polar bears and walruses can hunt and take shelter. Even to the extent the refreezing occurs, the ice is less stable and still covers a smaller area.



“A Family Float” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

In the Arctic, ice floats offers walruses a safer alternative to land for rest and access to food.

“Often the story telling aspects of the photographic art form capture my attention and motivate a series of related images.”



“My World” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.

The sea ice in the Arctic is shrinking as global warming increases. That creates a serious problem for polar bears.





“A Whale for a Snack” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.



In the far Norwegian Arctic, food is scarcer than it has been ever. Polar bears try to get every bit of food from whatever they catch or encounter.





“I’m Still Hungry” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


For this high-end predator, food is a continual challenge. A polar bear consumes about 43 seals a year, but the polar bear can only hunt for a part of that year. Not only is weather and cold an issue, but the Polar winter brings total darkness.





“Forced to Land” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


When forced to land, polar bears face a much tougher challenge in getting food. Seals are not there. In their quest for food, the bears sometimes end up in villages. That is not a winning strategy for the bear.




Photographic Journeys in Namibia



In southwest Africa, Namibia is a challenging land where adaptation is necessary for survival, the country’s summer sun is strong, and water is scarce. Enormous sand dunes rise from clay-caked, dry river pans. Despite the dryness and heat, trees and grasses find enough water and nutrients to grow. For the wild animals like giraffes and zebras, the watering holes are essential to daily life, and the trips to them are slow, dusty, and dangerous.





“Watering with a Flair’ Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


For most life, water is essential. Often giraffes acquire it with a flair at a watering hole at dawn.



“Color, light, and gesture are important elements in my work.”



My use of these varies intrinsically across landscapes, nature, people, and culture. My choices of timing, perspective, and composition are intended to draw the viewer into the setting and moment. Often, I try to pattern my pursuit of opportunities to the natural tempo of what I see.

Although my perspective is predominantly reality-based, I acknowledge not only the subjective nature of what I portray in my images, but an interest in pursuing at times more abstract images.





“Enormity” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


As these Namibia dunes rise sharply from the dry riverbed to great heights, the setting sun creates intriguing light gradients and sharp shadows across their wind-swept surface and breaks.




“Power” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.


Traveling in herds, elephants are a dominant and powerful presence wherever they are.


“Alert” Photograph © 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.



One of the smallest members of the antelope family, dik-diks, live predominately on plants. Given their small stature, their alertness and speed are important advantages in their survival.



Why Paul Entered the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest:

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“In creating art, I try to remain open to possibilities, trust my instincts, and discard labels that are divisive. I use technology to increase my creative options and productivity, but not to replace my vision and responsibility. While not intending to create a style, others tell me they perceive one although descriptions of that style often vary. I feel this indicates my art has been well-considered and engages viewers in unique ways”.





© 2021 Paul Murray. All Rights Reserved.



“As an artist, I hope my images engage the viewer’s attention and interest, and perhaps enrich their experience and vision. To the extent this happens, I feel my art communicates in a way that is unique to me”.




To see more of Paul’s work:

ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021


 CLOSING  DATE:  September 23, 2021 content=event_info&event_id=1767








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