Tricks of the Polar Bear Photographer's Trade (John Tidwell)

Barrow (now Utqiaġvik) photographer John Tidwell opposes carrying guns while photographing bears, advocating for peaceful coexistence of man and animal. John shares stories of memorable encounters with bears. He also highlights the difficulty of capturing stunning shots, often incorporating elements like crashing waves and flying seagulls. Recently, John has ventured into selling his bear photographs on cups. Through his work, he conveys a deep appreciation for wildlife and the importance of non-invasive observation.