Project 38

Florian Schulz: To the Arctic

Watch a behind the scenes video of how Florian Schulz created the photograph of the polar bear seen above.

Although the common perception of the Arctic is that it is a vast nothingness, Florian Schulz’s photographs reveal a world teeming with life amidst complex natural systems — systems that fuel our global economy and affect our health and environment.

An award-winning wildlife photographer, Schulz photographs throughout the circumpolar North, from Alaska to Canada, Greenland and Norway. To capture these images, he and his crew endure subfreezing temperatures, camping on ice sheets, diving beneath icebergs, and riding on dogsleds.

His photographs reveal the vast scale of the Arctic plain, which is host to migrating birds from around the globe, as well as the yearly migration of thousands of caribou. They also expose how the loss of polar ice and snow is dramatically altering the fabric of Arctic life on land and sea.

Florian Schulz in the field, courtesy of Visions of the Wild