Item Number: 1545LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
For Thomas D. Mangelsen, there is no such thing as a monochromatic landscape in nature. With his engaging photograph Wind Song
, the point is made dramatically and ironically in the realm of the polar bear known as the Great White North.
Forces of evolution have bestowed these giant bruins with pearly coats of camouflage, enabling them to move discreetly across ancient snow-swept hunting grounds around Hudson Bay. Yet when splashed with rays of sunlight as dusk approaches, the tundra’s purportedly stark colorlessness actually emanates an inviting warmth.
“I was obviously drawn to the mirthful spirit of these bears but what also caught my attention were other elements of composition—the symmetrical shapes, the striations of light and shadow moving across the snow and even the differing radiations of whiteness,” Mangelsen says. “Some might think of the Arctic as a barren wasteland but to me it’s a source of constant revelation.”