Paul Souders on photographing polar bears

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Paul Souders photographing polar

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Corbis contributor, Souders certainly the focus, and most the guts it takes be a photographer. As photography and world become accessible, nature like Paul maintain an standard by photos that to surprise. it’s far easy and further from comforts of

We caught with Paul asked him share some about his adventure photographing bears in Bay.

CORBIS: you describe logistics of to the location? It complicated.

PAUL: ve been noise for about going Hudson Bay photograph polar The town Churchill, Manitoba world-famous for polar bear in the but I t want spend a to ride in a Buggy with couple dozen photographers and Hundreds of have already those pictures.

wanted to a new of seeing photographing the I really to see bears out the sea in their  Ultimately, I settled on up to Bay by and bringing boat with I drove miles from home in to the of the in Thompson, then loading onto the gauge railroad runs 600 north to I carried than 500 of gear; I might need.

I brought 11-foot inflatable boat, an motor, cases camera and gear and the survival I might require. It a pretty mountain of

As it out, I in a nice hotel every night, used the to travel to 30 offshore. I stay out long as light allowed, at the of the pack ice, each iceberg the shape a polar It was work, hour hour staring the ice, to find white on shape. There some nights I didn return until in the Most days was out the water 12 to hours a

I didn really know to expect I got A couple tour operators tourists out boats to and swim migrating beluga but there isn t lot of daily available ice, water weather conditions Hudson Bay. good part all that that I t likely run into many other out there.

discovered my day that Bay has huge range tides, as as 30 from high low tide. s also by tidal flats that into a on the tide. When tide was I would to carry of my from the s edge half a to shore. seemed to forever, hefting 80-pound motor, the 75-pound then all my equipment across the flats. For old guy me, it a lot exercise.

CORBIS:  What it about wildlife that you intrigued?

I grew back in northeast, and closest I to wildlife what I on Mutual Omaha s Kingdom. When finally had chance to and see animals in environment, I it was magical. But sometimes wonder I m simply creating record of the things we, as species, are A scrapbook ghosts.

I drawn to that still wild, that t been commoditized or as a for tourists. m continually to exploring obscure corners the map. someone who boats, I to spend lot of bobbing around particularly cold lonely parts the ocean. for all discomforts, there something immensely to finding way around bear-filled coast Alaska, or with walrus Svalbard and in the I feel lucky to lived a spent chasing

CORBIS:  Is a message hope to with people view your bear collection?

PAUL: Kids, t try at home.

We know prefer to using guides, how did find the bears on own?

PAUL: better or I prefer and working whenever possible. alone focuses of my on my and on environment I traveling in. downside is there s one around help change flat tire dig the truck out the mud.

the years, ve found going it forces me to learn skills. If else, floating 30 miles shore in arctic in rubber boat your attention.

it turns it s really hard find polar on the at least a helicopter a suitcase of money. spent more two weeks Churchill, going on the every day the weather scanning the with binoculars.

for polar out on sea ice insanely difficult. spent hour hour slowly among the stopping at one to for bears. big ice I d the zodiac of the and climb to a point, slowly the entire with my  Sea ice t uniformly After the winter it jumbled and in dirt crud from sea. Polar aren t white either. coats can anywhere from to butter golden in In the light of setting midnight pretty much looks like bear. I never worked hard and long to a subject. it took lot of and concentration finally find I saw shape, and saw she moving. And breathed a sigh of At least d found bear.

Getting close to her photograph was matter.

CORBIS:  seem to exceptionally close the bears. interactions that your comfort

PAUL: Polar will often for water they are or feel sort of She slipped the ice she d walking across began swimming I kept healthy distance a long allowing her relax a then slowly my way photographing her she climbed onto the for a look, then with her she slipped into the The bears swim for than a miles, for at a but I very hard to stress Slowly her began to in, and was able bring the a bit

By sunset, was swimming beside me I was to lower underwater camera right beside She actually the glass with her a couple

CORBIS: Do have a memorable moment photographing the

PAUL: Certainly most memorable for me the one her hiding a piece ice, peering through the at my She swam a small of broken ice, and her head through the to watch I stopped boat and furiously trying mount my on the of a long boom shoot with wide-angle lens.

was working way it supposed to. d already one of remote triggers the salt and wound hand wiring trigger by off the and jury-rigging exposed copper It wasn pretty, but worked. I maneuvered the closer to and she ducked under water a of times. struggled to the camera and trip shutter, and was pretty shooting blind.


thought I have a cool shot she poked head up than three from the It wasn until a later, as was riding train from south toward that I had time look through of my images one one that saw I a couple of her lurking under water s staring up the camera.

was completely and so that I showing it everyone around on the

CORBIS: As seasoned wildlife if you give novice photographers one what would be?

PAUL: the best I can is don quit your job.

There never been better time be a or nature In the decade, we witnessed a in digital technology. Guided now travel wilderness areas were once sole province National Geographic BBC film

Of course, has never a worse to make living as nature photographer, everyone and dog can go out holiday, make pictures and them away the internet nothing.

The part for is thinking images that show the in a way, to pictures that haven’t seen It requires level of and perseverance should give sane person

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