Polar Obsession – de Paul Nicklen – 240p – National Geographic Store – 2009.
« … In this spectacular work, National Geographic photographer and biologist Paul Nicklen breaks new ground with stunning images of life in the polar reaches, and delivers critical new insights into animal behavior and the climate change that threatens the ice and its inhabitants. This 240 page, high quality coffee table book with 160 of Paul’s latest and best polar images will be ready in stores on November 10th, 2009.
Paul spent his childhood exploring the frozen tundra and seascape of the Canadian Arctic. His award-winning photographs of Arctic and Antarctic wildlife tell powerful stories about the intricate web of life supported by sea ice, and the ongoing threat of climate change to these fragile ecosystems. Nicklen’s intimate portraits of creatures above and below the ice focus attention on the plight facing the polar regions, while his passionate text recounts his remarkable encounters with animals at the ends of the Earth.
Paul shares incredible experiences: an inadvertent ride on the back of a bowhead whale… a near-disastrous attack by a bull elephant seal… a boisterous greeting from the creatures of Antarctica, the most life-filled and awe-inspiring place Nicklen has ever been… and his astonishing, days-long interaction with a magnificent leopard seal, one of the most feared and misunderstood predators of the sea. Every scene is bathed in polar light, surreal and breathtakingly beautiful.
Both a remarkable photographic achievement and a powerful personal journey, Polar Obsession draws our attention to some of today’s most significant issues, and captivates us with compelling portrayals of the creatures of the ice… more info under www.paulnicklen.com >> »