There is an extraordinary level of depth to every David Yarrow photograph. Not only are the images captivating, but each also holds a story of incredible persistence, knowledge, and creativity – you can’t leave anything to chance when working in truly remote and inhospitable regions, especially when attempting to capture the world’s most dangerous and unpredictable animals with a level of intimacy that requires the camera being just a few feet from the subject. Extraordinary images demand an extraordinary amount of planning.
Few people have the skill and ability to pull this all together with an authority that demonstrates that photography is a fine art – it’s why a David Yarrow is so instantly recognisable as a David Yarrow. In this two-part series, David shares the stories behind 10 of his stand-out images: the highs; the lows; the dangers; and the perseverance needed to get the final result.
FISHER KING Alaska 2017
“Over the years, I have spent many days working close to grizzlies in Alaska and this is surely my most visually arresting photograph. The intimacy is courtesy of a well-positioned camera and a 28mm wide-angle lens. The bear was big, primeval, and menacing, and in this instant, just two feet from the camera.
“Moraine Creek is not an easy destination to get to for first light, but that was our preferred schedule. We were on-site just after dawn and the remote camera was positioned after studying the fishing pattern of the big male bear. I prefer to photograph against the light, but at 7 am this is a risky strategy as shooting directly into the sun can jeopardise an otherwise strong image. The route of the river meant that there were no other options at this time.
“I was begging the bear to come to the camera and he did exactly that – with a head held high and a face full of energy. I knew that if my maths was right, I had a big image.”