I'm sure some of you have seen the magnificent photos and videos of a polar bear sleeping in a bed of fireweed by Martin Gregus Jr. When I first saw it, I thought it wasn't real - it was just too perfect. But as this video documentary shows, it is, and taking those photos involved a significant amount of time, preparation, and effort.
In times of generative AI, it's nice to see genuine photography by someone who doesn't shy away from braving the harsh conditions the Arctic throws at him and his team.
Martin's video of his 33-day expedition to photograph polar bears in the summer of 2020 captivated me from the beginning. Seeing all the difficulties Martin went through to photograph the polar bears is inspiring and shows what someone can achieve through hard work and dedication. It's definitely not always the case that large effort leads to great results, but if it does, those are even more rewarding - as is the case here.
The story about his adventure is one of a kind, wonderfully told, and captured. It's fascinating to see how calm these apex predators are in Martin's presence and to learn about their vulnerable side, gentleness, curiosity, and playfulness.