Perhaps you remember the heart-wrenching video of a starving polar bear taken by National geographic Paul Nicklen in December 2017. He and Cristina Mittermeier photographed and filmed the poor animal on the Baffin Islands in Canada, and at the time related the bear’s condition with global warming. However, in a recent article, Mittermeier admits that National Geographic “went too far” connecting climate change with the particular starving polar bear.
We’ve seen a couple of encounters of photographers and bears so far. This video from RM Videos shows a polar bear that got too close to a photographer and did it more than once more than once. But the photographer kept his cool stood up to the animal each time, and then casually went on taking photos.
The number of people who get to photograph is not huge, but the number of people who get to see a Polar Bear actually using a camera is close to zero.
Photographer Roie Galitz was leading a photography workshop in Svalbard when the team encountered a big male Polar Bear. Little did they know that the bear had artistic aspiration.
Roie tells DIYP:
It’s all you need, really. There you are, in the middle of a field of ice and snow, filming polar bears and their not-so-subtle courtship ritual, and one of your cameras topples over. In this case, the remotely controlled “Blizzardcam”.
Riding on mini skis and propelled by a couple of fan blade motors, the Blizzardcam took a topple going over a bank of snow. It did not escape the notice of the curious courting polar bears. It’s a cute and interesting interaction, made all the more humorous by David Tennant’s narration.
National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen has recently filmed a video which shows how terrifying global warming really is. The video shows a weak, starving polar bear in a desperate search for food. It’s heart-wrenching, but more than that – it’s a warning of the planet Earth that an entire species may disappear if we don’t make a change.
What started as a journey to capture the icebergs and splendor of the Arctic and Antarctica has become a photographer’s attempt to battle climate change with her photos.
Camille Seaman spent a decade photographing icebergs and wildlife in some of the harshest environments on Earth until she decided to stop her polar trips in 2011, as there was almost no ice left.
“There was nothing on the radar for ice,” said the San Francisco bases photographer, adding that they could have continued sailing to the North Pole had they had enough fuel.
“I can’t say making a photo is very important. In fact I feel sad it’s all I can do. But that’s what I can do so that’s what I’m gonna do”.
While the evidence that humans are responsible for the global climate change is overwhelming, even non-believers will enjoy Seaman’s fascinating photos.