The statesman, Archival Pigment print, 137 x 114 cm, 2018, ed. 12 + 3 AP⎟188 x 150 cm, ed. 12 + 3 AP
We delayed releasing this image because I wasn’t really sure what to write - it was such a surreal few minutes and it took time for it all to sink in. I guess on the one hand it’s a fairly straightforward portrait of an adult male polar bear - there is nothing dramatic going on and no collapsing iceberg in the background. But on the other hand, there is fine detail in this study. He is totally comfortable with my presence and happy merely to observe and continue being who he is - the ultimate alpha mammal. His relaxed demeanor allowed me to inch closer and wait for head-on eye to eye contact. Only then can we stare into his unique world. What do I see in his eyes? Wisdom, security and governance. He is totally in control - a bit like a meeting with a therapist. He has all the answers to my none. It’s a fireside chat at the top of the world with a Statesman. I think he is telling me that he likes his tea white with no sugar. Then we can get on with the issues of the day.
David Yarrow was born in Scotland and is currently based in London. David Yarrow is known for travelling the world’s remotest regions to capture compelling images of nature as we‘ve never seen it before, and is redefining wildlife photography in the process.
His monochrome photographs are bursting with life, vitality and movement, yet the majority of Yarrow’s subject matter, from rampaging bull elephants in Kenya to Inuit hunters and Bornean orangutans, is living on the brink of extinction. This is nature at its most majestic – and its most fragile.
Yarrow’s unorthodox camera angles and unique shooting methods transport the viewer right into the heart of the action; with split-second timing, he crystallises a single instant of drama into an image so immersive that it cannot be viewed in just a few moments. These are photographs to linger over.