Alaska, USA 2015
I am very examining of my work and rarely get too enthused with what I take – the threshold of what transcends is very high. However, I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of polar bears like this. It has a sense of place lent to it by the fog and the arctic debris in the background, whilst the narrative speaks of a journey and togetherness. The acclaimed series Game of Thrones, has won many accolades for allowing fantasy to become reality in our subconscious minds. This was reality.
It is a photographer’s photograph – by which I mean that other photographers home in on this image and can look at it for some time. The image crop was very limited because my instincts were to include the small reflection in the puddle ahead of the lead polar bear – that in itself gives a clue as to just how close I actually was.
David Yarrow has built an unrivalled reputation for capturing the beauty of the planet’s remote landscapes, cultures and endangered animals. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966, he is now one of the world’s leading fine art photographers. At the Sotheby’s photography auction in London, May 2017, David’s iconic picture –Mankind –was sold for £60,000 –the highest price of the 100 lots on auction. He is represented by some of the world’s leading galleries and in America David has shown at the renowned Perot Museum in Dallas and his work is permanently on show at the new Museum of Natural History in Missouri. David’s images are among some of the most sought-after pieces of work within the industry. David has a global book deal with Rizzoli publishing house inNew York and produced a flagship book named ‘Wild Encounters’ featuring work from seven continents, capturing some of the earth’s most endangered species. He is honored that HRH the Duke of Cambridge wrote the foreword to the book which was released in October 2016 and all author royalties from the book will go to Tusk Trust. Amazon awarded it “The Best Art and Photography book of 2016”. Alongside Rizzoli, David launched the book in a series of events across the world in the last quarter of 2016, including exhibitions at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Leonhard’s Gallery in Antwerp, Holden Luntz in Palm Beach and at London’s Somerset House. In April 2017 at the annual Tusk Gala in NYC, David’s images raised $175,000 at auction, including two lots which sold for $50,000 each, very much cementing his status as one of the most coveted artists in his field.Read More