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MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, ACTOR this isn't your father’s e-book of undergo pictures. SETH MacFARLANE, ACTOR, comic, writer OF THE family members man At a endure minimal, i'd have to claim this booklet is genius. ASHTON KUTCHER, ACTOR / manufacturer advent i began making plans this selection of endure images in the summertime of 2006. It used to be simply after displaying “End Times,” a chain of photographs depicting young ones crying. The go back to animal portraiture was once in response to the vitriol directed at me in line with “End occasions. ” It felt “safer” to picture those large predatory beasts than the tiny yet emotional tots who had the offended bloggers up in fingers. As I launched into the undertaking, I meant to teach epic endure strength, their animalistic rage as an analogy to the human habit i used to be experiencing. I had came across that Ruth los angeles Barge in Alberta, Canada, had the very best “close touch bears” on the planet, and i may possibly shoot intimate pictures of them with my open air studio lighting fixtures setup. This setup calls for an animal that could (a) remain on a mark for lengthy sessions of time whereas (b) no longer consuming me or my staff. In August of 2006 I flew as much as Calgary for my first shoot with six varied bears: 5 Kodiaks and one black undergo. I went for a short travel of the compound simply after arriving, and Ruth brought me to many of the bears. whilst she requested the twenty-five-year-old, eight-foot-tall Kodiak Ali Oop to provide me a kiss at the cheek, i noticed i'd live to tell the tale the undertaking. the following morning, as we started to shoot, i used to be reading my Polaroids; i used to be stunned to find that the bears didn’t glance alive or genuine within the photos. I don’t imagine I had ever noticeable one of these close-up, artificially lit endure photo; it used to be extraordinary which will learn the main points of every bear’s face or even teeth within their mouths. often while you are that just about a bear’s mouth it’s the very last thing you spot. because the undertaking endured and that i photographed different bears, i spotted I needed to contain a polar undergo for purposes past their inherent good looks. Polar bears are short-timers on the planet, with most likely twenty-five extra years prior to they exist in basic terms in zoos. they're the canaries within the coal mine of worldwide warming, and their global is being devastated. i think that the results in their lack of habitat will quickly develop into all too obvious to us besides. i discovered a operating polar undergo named Agee outdoor Vancouver along with her personal inner most pool and private compound. Mark Dumas, her proprietor, splits his time among there and California, the place he additionally owns Koda, a big 1,600-pound grizzly undergo. the cause of the 2 houses is that U. S. specialists won’t enable Mark carry Agee into the rustic, so she is envious of Mark at any time when he has to go away and for your time after he returns. Agee will get so possessive of Mark that she won’t paintings without delay with different ladies. hence, whereas at the set with Agee, i used to be compelled to speak with Mark’s spouse, who may in flip consult Mark, who may in flip inform Agee what to do.

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