Join us as we welcome nature photographer Paul Souders to Browsers in support of his new book from Mountaineers Books, Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear. Paul has an entertaining presentation and will answer questions and sign books.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Photographer Paul Souders considered himself a lucky guy. He traveled the world and got paid to take pictures. Yet at age fifty he seemed an unlikely explorer. Recently married, he was leading a generally contented life as an urban homebody, ending most days with a cold martini and a home-cooked meal. So how did he find himself alone aboard a tiny boat, enduring bad weather and worse cooking, while struggling to find his way across more than a thousand miles of Hudson Bay?
It was all for a picture. He dreamed of photographing the Arctic’s most iconic animal, the polar bear, in its natural habitat. It was a seemingly simple plan: Haul a 22-foot fishing boat northeast a few thousand miles, launch, and shoot the perfect polar bear photo. After an inauspicious start and endless days spent driving to the end of northern Canada’s road system, he backed his C-Dory, C-Sick, into a small tributary of Hudson Bay. Battered by winds and plagued by questionable navigation,
Paul slowly motored C-Sick north in the hopes of finding the melting summer ice that should be home to more than a thousand polar bears. He struggled along for weeks, grounding on rocks, hiding from storms, and stopping in isolated Inuit villages, until finally, he found the ice and the world was transformed. The ice had brought hundreds of walrus into the bay and dozens of polar bears arrived to hunt and feed. For a few magical days, he was surrounded by incredible wildlife photo ops. He was hooked.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For more than thirty years, Paul Souders’ adventure travels have taken him across all seven continents as a professional photographer. His photography has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including National Geographic, Geo (France and Germany), Time, and Life magazines. His images have won first place awards at the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions in 2011 and 2013, the National Geographic Photo of the Year contest in 2013, and Grand Prize in the 2014 Big Picture Competition. Paul lives in Seattle with his family; you can follow his adventures at worldfoto.com and paulsouders.com.