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Ours: Esprits de la Nature [Bear: Spirit of the Wild]

Art / Photobook

By: Paul Nicklen (Author), Richard Sneider (Foreword By)

208 pages, colour photos

Delachaux et Niestle

Hardback | Oct 2015 | #197334 | ISBN-13: 9782603021682
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Language: French

Following on the heels of his National Geographic blockbuster Polar Obsession, Paul Nicklen turns his keen photographic eye to North American bears. Stunning images shot by the renowned photojournalist are enriched with personal accounts by noted environmentalists, providing a glimpse into the endangered realm of North America's bears: the grizzly, the polar bear, the black bear, and the rare all-white spirit, or Kermode, bear. Gorgeously produced, inspirational in message, and educational, it will appeal to audiences of all ages.

In Ours: Esprits de la Nature Paul Nicklen, wildlife photojournalist, showcases his stunning photography for National Geographic with this collection of North American bears: the grizzly, polar bear, black bear and the rarest spirit bear. Evocative storytelling combines with Nicklen's landmark photographs to reveal the truths and myths about these amazing creatures, and sheds light on their threatened ecosystems. Years of photographing bears in their habitat have given Nicklen a special understanding of these majestic mammals: the polar bear, ranked most popular species on Earth; the grizzly, feared and misunderstood; and the black bear, as well as its precious white counterpart, the spirit bear.

Nicklen believes that sharing knowledge and stories about bears will impact the way we think of them, and thus ensure their future. Well-known environmentalists such as Wade Davis, Sylvia Earle, Werner Herzog, and Nicklen himself contribute essays to enhance the message of Nicklen's photographs.

Quotes from literary figures punctuate the pages of Ours: Esprits de la Nature, offering insight into the magnificence of these impressive mammals. An epilogue takes a global look at the future of bears.

Summary in French:
"Les ours sont le symbole d'une nature sauvage et des prédateurs qui ont besoin de vastes espaces pour se développer et se déplacer... Je peux affirmer que je ne me suis jamais senti menacé et que je n'ai jamais rencontré d'ours agressif : c'est la raison pour laquelle j'ai décidé de consacrer ma vie à utiliser mes images et ma passion pour me faire l'interprète de cet animal." Paul Nicklen

Passionné de nature sauvage, le photographe Paul Nicklen rend hommage aux ours, en particulier à l'ours polaire, le grizzly, l'ours noir et l'ours-esprit. Ces ours à la fois si puissants et aujourd'hui si vulnérables. Un témoignage photographique rare et authentique.

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