sur/real new york
New York is a city where the surreal and the intensely real exist in harmony and sometimes even overlap, offering vibrant moments, which defy reconstruction. That might mean the appearance of a giant papier-mâché mother hovering over an intersection at People’s Climate March. Or an emerald lake submerging a Brooklyn/ Queens border street—a surreal scene within the NYC metropolis, for sure, but a real everyday issue for area residents who've lived there for decades. It may mean a confrontation at Occupy Wall Street, a solitary figure outside a colorful East Village haunt or simply the riotous hurly burly of color of people and graffiti within a fleeting New York street scene.
These images are taken from the photographer’s New York City Corners project which mandates that each photo be taken at the intersection of any two of the city’s streets. They’re intended to be quasi-journalistic and documentarian, so no special filters or after effects have been applied to the images.
Robert Stribley was born in Perth, Western Australia. This exhibit marks 10 years of his living in New York City. He also lived previously in the American South and Pusan, Korea. He earned degrees in broadcast journalism and English. Before joining the dotcom world, he was an English teacher and a community relations coordinator for a South Carolina nonprofit. He now works with the digital design firm Razorfish as an associate experience director.