Nature is a teacher
Photographing wildlife has opened doors and provided Paul with the opportunity to study the natural world. He has spent time in some of the world’s most beautiful, and, often undisturbed, places since his trips are self-organised, self-guided and self-financed.
Paul is a solo traveller, just like the great bears of North America. “I often joke that the first time I arrived in Africa, I got off the plane in Cape Town knowing nothing more about going on safari, than what I’d seen on TV. There was a pretty steep learning curve, but I really enjoyed the process of learning about animal behaviour, and the hard stuff like making my way through the bush.”
All that time being alone in the wild has taught Paul to mirror apex predators’ behaviours. The prime lesson is to stay aware of your surroundings; mindful of both opportunities and threats.
Polar bears and grizzly bears are always aware of what’s going on around them; looking for the next meal. And they’re constantly on the lookout for potential threats, like bigger bears or bad weather. For Paul, it’s a photo opportunity or the very real chance of winding up shipwrecked.