Bears up close and personal

Russian wild life photographer Sergey Gorshkov has spent six years following the bears in the forests around Kurile Lake in Kamchatka, Russia. He also visits the Okavango Delta  in Africa several times every year. He likes to get really close the animals, my mind boggles at the thought. He says himself: “’I have got as close to the bears in the wild as you could in the zoo. It is only now, looking back I realise how dangerous it was” (quote from the Guardian, which has also published a series of the photographs).

The Russian Geographical Society has a nice translated interview with Gorshkov, that I found to be rather inspiring. he beliefs that photography can change minds, and talks about the impact a photograph can have, how some photographer’s work have actually lead to sensitive geographical areas being turned into a nature reserve. This is his advice to budding photographers:

“You shouldn’t seek popularity and fame. You should enjoy what you do, and then, when you start taking good pictures, you’ll certainly get noticed. You shouldn’t keep pictures which are of no photographic value. Out of a hundred shots you may keep just one, which is really worth it, which is the best. The rest should be deleted. Keep and show only your best photos.  And you should learn to wait and be patient.”