Trying to do serious research about the Arctic for our forthcoming historical adventure The Collector of Lost Things, but can’t stop looking at this .gif of a polar bear taking a tumble.
A Polar Bear Enjoys a Swim in the Arctic Ocean in Svalbard, Norway. (Photo by: Andy Rouse)
"when i was thinking of becoming a pro at the age of 29, i did not understand the meaning of shooting wildlife completely,” photographer takayuki meakawa said. he characterized his shooting technique as immature. but while following polar bears in northern canada for three weeks, he realized he could empathize with the animals. “i was so moved when i saw their maternal love was so deep,” he said.
since then, his work, as he describes it, is an attempt to show the animals’ spirits. he typically decides on a species and researches it before heading into the wild. he then goes to a place where the animal is likely to be and settles there, waiting ten hours a day for as long as a month before getting a shot that best captures the animal.
(steve bloom has a similar series on maternal polar bear affection)
paul souders spent two weeks in the hudson bay looking for polar bears, but spotted only two. luckily, this one, photographed thirty miles offshore of churchill, manitoba, felt comfortable enough to get “very, very close. scary close,” as he put it. “i couldn’t believe i was doing something this crazy close. …i could hear her slow, regular breathing as she watched me below the surface, increasingly curious. it was very special.”