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"Earth has lost a lot of animals over the past four decades. A major new study by the World Wildlife Fund estimates that the overall number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish has declined 52 percent between 1970 and 2010.

The main culprits? Humans, who have been wiping out other animals through hunting, fishing, deforestation, pollution, and various forms of habitat destruction.”

We’ve wiped out half the world’s wildlife since 1970


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Sophie Photographe | on Tumblr (France) - Les Animaux dans les rues de Paris

Sophie is a French photographer working in Paris. Since 2010, Sophie sticks her animal portraits in Paris, to create fun and intriguing situations. She thoroughly prepares each installation. The animal must find his place in space, the neighborhood, the street… A walking elephant, an owl landed on a cable, a giraffe coming out of the door… the images  are perfectly integrated into the detail of the urban environment. The city, architecture, and decor appear to the viewer along with the strange animal is distinguished… On the streets of Paris, Sophie works as “installation” ephemeral fusion between art and life. At the corner of an intersection, the art is meant to operate by surprise in everyday life. By altering the conditions of perception, awakening attention, the street becomes a decoration. And this moment of doubt the audience is part of the decor. Installations Sophie lead the public to question the process of contemplation in a particular non-formal context, and ephemeral. Sophie raises a fundamental question with humor: the place of animals in our society. Reposition their images in our daily lives is a militant act which suggests a little more to their condition of being alive. As if the animals came back to haunt our cities to see what we have made ​​these urban cities where we’ve driven them out…

Sophie’s Animals on the streets of Paris has been included as part of Centre Pompidou Hors pistes 2012 (ref. interview). © All images courtesy of the artist

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