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Monday Morning

Monday Morning
Artist: David Yarrow
Description: 315gsm Hahnemühle photo rag Baryta paper
Size

Large Framed, Edition of 12: 71" x 104"

Standard Framed, Edition of 12: 52" x 74"

Kaktovik, Alaska – 2016

It is a rare privilege to get close enough to a polar bear to take an image as intimate as this and even rarer to get close to two adults. The photograph was taken in October 2016 on the North Slope of Alaska – the best place in the world to study polar bears in their natural habitat. It is a hard destination to get to and does not readily cater for visitors. More importantly it is not well regulated – this makes it an ideal location for my approach to immersive photography – which leans on transgressive practices such as getting close to danger.

In order to get my eye line below or level with the bears, I had to be lying on the ground with my Inuit fixer and his vehicle right behind me. The closest he was prepared to go was 20 feet away – though on this occasion, the lead bear looked a little more interested in taking a mid afternoon nap, than attacking a human.

Indeed, moments after I had positioned myself, the bear arched her back and rubbed her face on the ice – just like a human having a stretch and a yawn. It was that familiar “Monday morning” feeling. I am often reminded that animal behaviour – even with alpha predators like Polar Bears – can be remarkably similar to humans.

I think this is a unique shot and there is a gratifying amount of detail.

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David Yarrow

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.

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