"when i was thinking of becoming a pro at the age of 29, i did not understand the meaning of shooting wildlife completely,” photographer takayuki meakawa said. he characterized his shooting technique as immature. but while following polar bears in northern canada for three weeks, he realized he could empathize with the animals. “i was so moved when i saw their maternal love was so deep,” he said.
since then, his work, as he describes it, is an attempt to show the animals’ spirits. he typically decides on a species and researches it before heading into the wild. he then goes to a place where the animal is likely to be and settles there, waiting ten hours a day for as long as a month before getting a shot that best captures the animal.
(steve bloom has a similar series on maternal polar bear affection)