My passion for wildlife began when I was a child. I spent most summers exploring Baffin Island with my family and Inuit families, chasing caribou and polar bears on the tundra. Since 2000 I have spent my summers at Arctic Watch, which is our family owned wilderness adventure lodge on Somerset Island. At Arctic Watch we are fortunate to be able to watch polar bears, musk oxen, beluga whales, arctic foxes, snowy owls and lots of other fabulous species. These experiences have naturally led me to photography and cinematography. Since 2004, I have also had the pleasure of meeting and working with professional cameraman and photographers such as the BBC and Ocean Futures. Watching them work affirmed what I value for myself; patience, dedication, focus, and a tremendous respect for the wildlife.Every time I set out on the tundra I think of these values.
In one summer at Arctic Watch, I will shoot thousands of pictures, to arrive at 3 or 4 that satisfy me. Over time I have realized that I am searching to capture amazing moments of animals’ behavior, such as a beluga playing with a rock or musk ox fighting for dominance during rutting season. It is not only seeing and documenting these amazing moments in nature that I find compelling, but also the expedition required to reach these wild places, the beauty and scale of each environment. The pursuit of my subject matter often involves disappointment. Waiting by a fox den for hours on end, day after day, and not getting a glimpse of a fox I know is there, can be the most frustrating thing, but then when I look around realize where I am, it’s all worth it. My dream is to travel to remote places, track interesting animals, setup and wait for the perfect shot. I’m always hunting for the next shot.
© 2014 Laurence Paquette.