As soon as photographer, Gordon Buchanan, and the BBC film crew approached Ellesmere Island, deep in the Canadian Arctic, via a helicopter, the team knew they were in store for a something special. As the helicopter began landing, a pack of wolves began approaching the aircraft, propelllers still whirring, as the wild animals curiously investigated the crew and cameramen. They expected the wolves, whom most likely have never had a single interaction with a human, to be curious, but they never expected how quickly the wolves would adapt to human presence, much less allow the photographer to be in such close contact with them.
The crew brought along a remote controlled “rock crawler” which allowed them to drive a remote camera within close proximity of the wolves. Not wanting to overstep their boundaries too early, Buchanan used the device as a means of gaining the trust of the wolves. Before long, the wolves entirely accepted the film crew, which opened up all new possibilities to photograph them.
Photographing the Snow Wolf Family
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