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Phil Jung: A Different Nature. Scrublands Exhibit #2, Franklin Park Zoo, MA
The focus of a trip to the zoo rarely tends to be the environment the animals are being kept captive in, yet Phil Jung believes that,

“In many ways, these modern arks are a metaphor for our attitudes toward nature. They are often glaring portrayals of our distorted and disconnected views of the natural world.”

The philosophy of zoo’s is landscape-immersion, so the environment the animals are being kept in is supposed to reflect their natural habitats, allowing visitors to the zoo to associate the wild animal to their wild habitat. Phil Jung’s fascinated but the juxtaposition between the starkly unnatural habitats found in zoo’s and the natural habitat their being modeled on,

“ The perverse beauty of their forms strike a compelling contrast to the reality they portray.”

Phil Jung’s photographs explore these spaces and the paradoxes they create, resulting in a series of eerie photographs.

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Phil Jung: A Different Nature. White Throated Bee-Eaters (Merops albicollis), Bronx Zoo, NY  2012

 

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Phil Jung: A Different Nature. Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), Franklin Park Zoo, MA

 

Phil Jung: A Different Nature. Scrublands Exhibit, Franklin Park Zoo, MA  2012

 

Phil Jung: A Different Nature. Indoor Giant Panda Exhibit, National Zoo, DC  2012

 

Phil Jung: A Different Nature. Mixed Desert Exhibit, Bronx Zoo, NY

 

Phil Jung: A Different Nature. American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), National Zoo, DC

 

For more information on Phil Jung please visit his website: www.jungphil.com/

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