On Carrying a Camera, Not A Gun (John Tidwell)

Photographer John Tidwell reflects on his experiences in the Arctic, sharing intriguing stories about polar bears and their behavior. He recalls a time when bears were attracted to the smell of pizza from a local restaurant, and how they showed a strong preference for honey over other food options. Joe explains his tactics for photographing bears, including setting up bait and observing their footprints to determine the best time for sightings. He also shares his unique camouflage techniques, using a vehicle with a tarp and umbrella to blend in with the surroundings. John discusses the bears’ aggression towards each other and their cautious nature to avoid getting hurt. He mentions his preferred vehicles for exploration and taking visitors to see bears. Despite some misconceptions, John believes that bears in far-off Churchill on Hudson Bay in Canada are well-fed and can be found along the beach during the summer, where they fish and scavenge for food.