paulnicklen Stand up, stretch, breathe, dream, set some goals, achieve new heights and imagine a world where we all align, work together and create lasting change for humanity and this planet. #love #nature #polarbear
paulnicklen I keep trying to find the words to express my anger and sorrow over the murder of George Floyd. Then, I saw the profound and poetic words by my friend @conrad_anker and as usual, he says it better than anyone. Thanks Conrad and thanks to all of you for having a voice. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King, Jr. "After George Floyd was murdered on Monday night by a Minneapolis police officer with a track record of violence and racism I realized I need to speak louder and more frequently about systemic racism in the United States.
The privilege I was born into as a white person has led me to a life of climbing. There were no road blocks to finding my passion in life. I recognize this and am also aware of how our society has marginalized my fellow citizens that don’t look like me. It pains me when the system goes unchecked with repeated distrust, suspicion and violence towards people of color. From the indigenous to the immigrant we are all equal. Racism is against the law and will not be tolerated. We need our leaders to stand up.
The United States has the responsibility to be the beacon of justice in this world. We need to be the voice that stands up for those less fortunate. I need to be this voice. I am going to use my voice leverage equity and to call out injustice. We start by learning about privilege & racism and how one feeds the other. The first step to break this cycle is to be aware and call out racism when we see it.
Strangers are people that we haven’t had the opportunity to meet. Once we have the good will to be with our fellow humans and set aside our prejudice we have the capacity to love one another.
I’m going to raise my voice and support the friends that I haven’t met. This starts in November when we vote. The power structure of this nation needs a seismic shift. We need to show up and let the white patriarchy know we care about our fellow humans. I will not stand by in silence. Racial injustice matters. Black Lives Matter. George Floyd mattered.
We started with a quote from MLK. Here is one more. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Images of George Floyd reposted from the
paulnicklen On this “Fine Art Friday,” I am excited to share a newly released fine art print: “Bear Scents” // Every day, this female grizzly would reach high up into her favourite tree and leave her scent for all the other bears in the area. It was no easy feat, but I wanted to capture the look of satisfaction on her face as she rubbed against the trunk. At the beginning of the year, I announced I would be taking a deep dive into my fine art catalogue. Releasing new work for my limited edition series has always been a special part of this artistic journey. With new gallery relationships and projects in the works, it’s a rewarding time that I would never have imagined possible. I’ve been so fortunate to have my photos hung in collections and museums around the world. Most important to me is the thrill of knowing they hang in the homes and offices of many of you. Selecting and editing work for this privilege is never easy. It took hours of deliberation to decide which version of my newest addition, “Bear Scents,” I would release. Do you prefer colour or the more minimal aesthetic of black and white? Let me know in the comments, then click the link in my bio to see if we agreed. #fineart #grizzlybear #bearscents #decisions #privilege #gratitude
paulnicklen Did you know that harbour seals are evolutionarily related to dogs? You can probably spot the similarities now that you know. They bark, their whiskers seem oddly familiar, and they have big, beautiful eyes that help them hunt in the murky, green depths of the west coast. Here’s something else I find fascinating – unlike humans, they breathe out before diving. While underwater, they subsist solely on the oxygen already in their bloodstream and lower their heart rates from 100bpm to just 10. That’s an astounding one beat every six seconds. It all goes to show – sometimes there’s so much wonder around us, we don’t always recognize it for the gift it is. Shot on my @sonyalpha a7R IV and a 600mm Sony lens. #oceanschool #harbourseal #britishcolumbia #evolution #wonder #nature #sonyalpha #a7RIV #600mm
paulnicklen The Gitga’at First Nations of the Great Bear Rainforest call her Ma’ah which means grandmother. This was the first day that I ever met her and she was so beautiful. Her cubs were down below while she climbed trees to feed on crabapples. Everything she did was gentle and elegant. On this same night, I managed to photograph her in a way that ended up landing her on the cover of National Geographic Magazine. A place of honor that she deserved. Please see the cover image in the next photo. I was excited because being on the cover elevated her story, her habitat and her future. We pushed hard on this campaign to keep the Northern Gateway oil pipeline and countless oil tankers from coming into her territory. Thanks to many First Nations and many non-profit groups who came together in one collective voice and strategy, we won. It always feels good to say those words in conservation. Thanks to all of you who played a role in this victory. I took these images ten years ago and she is a very old bear now. Her gentle demeanor has not changed, and I am so grateful to have her memorialized in these photographs forever. With @gitgaatspirit and @jedweingarten #nature #win #naturelovers #bear #love #beauty #forest
paulnicklen As these walruses know, there is precious little time to snooze in the sun when you live in the Arctic. For the rest of us, spring is finally rounding the corner and long, lazy, summer days are close at hand (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway). I hope you all have the opportunity to wander outside and enjoy nature in all her glory. Please remember to keep your distance and stay safe. 💙🙏🏻 #fineart #arctic #walrus #summer #nature #COVID #physicaldistancing
paulnicklen Like a stealth submarine, this adult female fin whale silently cruises just below the ocean's inky surface. While COVID-19 has caused great harm to many, it has also allowed our planet and several species a much-needed reprieve. @sealegacy, @hardtoportorg, and, most importantly, YOU, have lobbied hard to end the slaughter of endangered fin whales in Icelandic waters. Your heavy lifting pushed this issue to the edge, and the pandemic nudged it over. Hvalur, which hunts fin whales in Iceland, has announced it is cancelling the season due to export issues and difficulties at its processing facilities as a result of the coronavirus. The ocean is resilient, adaptable, and strong, but it is not invincible, and this news finally grants whales a respite. With your help, and alongside a coalition of organizations, we will continue working to #StopTheHunt and end the brutal, unsustainable whale hunting practices in Iceland. Whales are #WorthMoreAlive and bring many more dollars to the whale watching industry than the whaling industry. They're also highly sentient beings worthy of our compassion and protection. #finwhales #COVID #coronavirus #hvalur #iceland #compassion #gratitude
paulnicklen Although I wish it had, the threat of climate change hasn't melted away just because we're all confined to the safety of our homes. This photo reminds me there are thinking, feeling species out there, quietly suffering in the background as we continue to neglect our responsibility to protect them. I hope the conversation about our receding ice caps can once again return to the forefront where it belongs as this epidemic passes, and we begin to recognize normalcy in our lives. As stewards of this planet we all call home, we must never give up the fight. #climatechange #polarbear #extinctionendshere #stewards #weekendthoughts
paulnicklen What started out as a huge mistake, quickly became one of my favorite artistic creations. As the wonderful and incomparable Bob Ross used to say, “there are no mistakes, only happy accidents”. Earlier in the day, I had been using long shutter speeds to photograph blowing ice and snow during a blizzard near Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. I put my camera away and carried on traveling across the sea ice on my snowmobile. It was near midnight and the sun was low on the horizon when I spotted this polar bear running across the sea ice. I grabbed my camera and took a single picture and my heart sank when it went clunk….pause…clunk. The shutter was open for a full second. I changed the settings, scolded myself for not being ready and then put the camera away. It wasn’t until two months later when the film came back from the lab that I saw this image. It captures the feeling, mood, light, and energy of this incredible Arctic nomad. #happyaccidents #gratitude #nature #polarbear #fineart
paulnicklen Is this a picture of a sailfish chasing sardines or is it fine art? Is it just a picture of fish behavior or is it a picture that could live on a wall? All I know is that every time this sail fish flashed its huge sail and then quickly changed countless colors all in the blink of an eye, it was like watching the aurora borealis dance across the northern sky and staring at the most beautiful acrylic painting I had ever seen. All at the same time. For me, nature is fine art. #gratitude
paulnicklen Warning: Graphic content.
Is this how you would want to start the new year? Australia is burning. These fires have made climate change a reality of the present tense for many Australians. It is no longer something that we can put off to the future. To give some scale of the intensity of these fires, international media outlets have been reporting the 2018 California fires burnt 2 million acres; the 2019 Amazon fires 2.2 million, and the 2019 Siberian fires 6.7 million. So far, Australia's 2019/20 fires have burnt 12 million acres. It is time to stop talking about climate change and start acting. Click the link in my bio to donate to New South Whales Fire Service (@nswrfs) and to find out more.
Photo credit: @mattabbottphoto, ABC Australia and unknown.
paulnicklen I knew that no matter what picture I managed to make of this beautiful mother humpback whale and her calf, it would never do them, their bond, their incomprehensible size, their mystical appearance or their blue world any semblance of justice. They, together, floating motionless in the water column, just above the sea floor, the baby tucked safely under her chin in perfect harmony and connectedness. I free dove down to 40 feet and slowly drifted back towards the surface, looking back at the mom's eye, assessing her level of comfort while taking in the scene before me in its entirety. I had a hard time bringing the camera to my own eye as the moment was not meant to be experienced through a camera viewfinder. And yet, all of the work we do at @sealegacy is supported by you and I could not be more excited to share the pictures, video and stories that we have been so fortunate to capture over the past three weeks in the Kingdom of Tonga. You have allowed us to protect ecosystems and the species that call them home. You form #TheTide at @sealegacy and I dedicate this moment to you. Now, the heavy lifting by our campaign team back in the office begins. Mom and her rapidly growing calf soon will begin their 7000 kilometre journey back to Antarctica where she will replenish her weight and strength. May the waters around Antarctica be protected in the near future. #MPA @sonyalpha
Photograph taken under Special Interaction Permit (Regulation 13) from The Ministry of Tourism, Tonga. Thank you for allowing me into your country and your waters to witness the true wealth of your country. With @Scott.portelli @whale_discoveries @Kyle.roepke and @diorsheen
paulnicklen Here are some of my favorite polar bear images from my book “Born to Ice”. I am so excited that the publisher has just done its second and third print runs consecutively. They vow to never run out of this book again.
paulnicklen I have either lived or worked in the Arctic for most of my life. There is no place that I love more. The Arctic is also warming twice as fast as anywhere else on Earth. On this day, four years ago, I photographed two young bears who were lying dead next to one another. Top polar bear scientists are saying that we will likely lose 30 percent of the polar bear population by 2050 due to starvation and we could lose polar bears all together within a hundred years. I want the world to realize that these are not just data points falling off a sheet of paper. These are individuals that are and will starve to death due to the lack of sea ice. What is it going to take for us to wake up? It was on this day that @sealegacy was born. I am proud of the work that @sealegacy is doing. We have come a long way but we are only just getting started. If we are going to create real and lasting change for our planet, then we need to quickly scale our organization and take on bigger campaigns. Please go to the link in my bio and please consider a donation of any size. Please join us in #turningthetide #becomepartofthesolution #gratitude
paulnicklen The sperm whale is the largest toothed predator on Earth and perhaps the most gentle of all the whales we have had the pleasure of spending time with. @mitty is beautifully positioned to capture a peaceful moment of a sleeping mother. Able to dive to depths of over 6,000 feet, they are the second deepest diving animals on the planet. They travel to these unfathomable, perpetually inky depths to feed on squid. A lot of the whales we are encountering still have squid tentacles hanging out of their mouths as you can see here. After continuously diving to such extreme depths, the whales then park themselves vertically in the water column and go to sleep. What a privilege it is to have a tiny glimpse into the complex lives of these gentle giants. We are here in #dominica observing what it means to have a #blueeconomy. Stay tuned for more. Taken on assignment for @sealegacy Thank you @perniero__spermwhales #Captain Dave @kevin.joseph.3110 and @silvioscagliahaart. With @zodiacwatches @aqualungdivers and @sonyalpha #marvelsofnature #whale #spermwhale #naturelovers #explore #bw
paulnicklen A baby harp seal, just days old, patiently waits for its mom to return from the sea to provide life sustaining milk. Milk that is comprised of up to 50% fat. The math is simple, on cold years, sea ice reaches its maximum extent and there is maximum recruitment into the population and on warmer years, which has been the norm as of late, there can be zero recruitment into the population. The incredible thing is that we can control the fate of this species by regulating the carbon we release into the atmosphere. #turningthetide with @sealegacy legacy #seal #bethechange #gratitude #love #beauty #cute #instagood #picoftheday
paulnicklen Before I dedicated myself to a career as a photojournalist and wildlife photographer, I was a biologist. This is a photo of me from around 25 years ago, holding a Canadian lynx as it wakes up from its sedative. When I realized that I could be more effective as a photographer than I was as a scientist, I quit my job and then went out on a three-month solo expedition in the Canadian Barren Lands. I was 26. A plane dropped me off in the middle of nowhere. I was living on the tundra with wolves and bears, carrying an inflatable canoe and 600 pounds of gear. I paddled hundreds of kilometers on rivers and into the open ocean and hiked a thousand kilometers. When I went into the expedition, I was mad at the world, mad at the government where I worked - mad, even, at myself. I'd lost 50 pounds of weight, and at the same time my body was changing on the outside, a transformation was taking place inside of me. By the end of this expedition, I was absolutely on top of the world: euphoric, full of nothing but love, hope, passion and commitment to moving forward. It’s been both a hard and beautiful journey. Please sign up to my newsletter (link in bio) to learn about my challenging journey to becoming a National Geographic Photographer. #nature #life #thejourney
paulnicklen Photographs and caption by @juansharks // This week is a win for sharks like this big beautiful, great white shark in #Hawaii because the bill to ban the purposeful killing of sharks and rays passed its first House committee. Thank you to the thousands of people who wrote in! You truly helped. Stay tuned as there will be more chances to get involved in the passing of this new law. #ApexPredatorsNotMonster and replace the fear with respect and with the knowledge that we need sharks for healthy marine ecosystems. They may not be respected in every human culture in the world, but that doesn’t make them any less crucial to our oceans. With @oceanramsey.
paulnicklen I post pictures of fat bears, average bears, well-fed bears, and when I photograph them, I make posts of starving bears also. So, here is a fun moment of a healthy mom sharing her seal kill with her young cub.
paulnicklen Photograph by @stevemccurryofficial // I have never been much for awards and recognitions but today was different. We are a group of 8 photographers in St Louis tonight, who are being inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame. It all hit home this morning when I was standing there next to some of the greatest photographers the world has ever known. I have been in awe of people like Steve McCurry from the time I first picked up a camera. His iconic image of the “Afghan Girl”, Sharbat Gula from Peshawar, Pakistan, taken in 1984 is one of the most iconic and powerful photographs ever taken by a photographer. As the youngest inductee ever, I was overcome with gratitude today as I stood next to the legendary Tony Vaccaro. What a gentleman he is who has seen so much. Elliot Erwitt is being represented by his family members. I had the privilege of once meeting the late Mary Ellen Mark. Ralph Gibson, Bruce Davidson and Olivia Parker are here also. All I can say is that this one means more than I can describe. But, please don’t think it means that I am going to slow down as we are only going to get busier and will keep telling important stories. #gratitude
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