Photographer Dave Sandford explains what it means to him to take pictures of polar bears:
“It’s hard to explain the feelings that run through my mind and soul when I’m in the presence of polar bears. It’s very surreal to me. I am very emotional, especially when it comes to polar bears and my heart feels like it’s going to explode (in a good way) with any polar bear encounter.
I have had a love for polar bears since I was a very young boy. However, I was well into my adult life before I got to lay eyes on my first polar bear in the wild. Therefore, I never take a second of it for granted. I have to pinch myself that someone has faith in me and my skill set as a photographer and wants to send me on assignments to the polar regions.
It is truly an honour and a privilege to share any amount of time with one of nature’s most magnificent animals. I wish everyone out there could experience even just one day with polar bears. I get that’s not a realistic possibility and therefore take on the responsibility of being the best ambassador I can be to polar bears and the Arctic region.
It truly means a lot to me when I hear from those who thank me for bringing them a piece of a world they may not otherwise ever get to experience for themselves. Again, it is an honour and a privilege to have these experiences provided to me by One Ocean Expeditions and to have the good fortune of sharing them with so many people.”
Based in London, Ontario, Canada and shooting professionally for the past 20 years, Dave primarily covered professional sports, working extensively with the NHL, NBA & Sports Illustrated to name a few. Dave continues to shoot professional sports, but in the last 5 years, he has returned to his roots, shooting more wildlife and nature shots with each passing year. Dave’s passion for photography was born from a love of animals and the environment at a young age, photographing flora and fauna throughout Canada as a child. In recent years, Dave’s nature photography has given him the opportunity to tackle assignments around the world, from the frozen tundra of the Arctic to the warm South Pacific, capturing diverse wildlife, landscapes and seascapes.
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