Polar Obsession is a photography exhibition featuring nearly 40 striking images of the world’s polar regions from National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen. Bathed in polar light, his inspiring and amazing images break new ground in photography and provide a vivid, timely portrait of two extraordinary, endangered ecosystems.
The images take visitors underwater and across the ice, delivering a unique close-up of wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic. This exhibition is drawn from Nicklen’s book, “Polar Obsession,” which showcases remarkable insights into animal behavior, the fragile polar environment, and climate change that threatens the ice and its inhabitants.
Polar Obsession features Nicklen’s most spectacular encounters from the polar reaches. From huge elephant seals, leopard seals, whales, walruses, narwhals and polar bears, to penguins, albatrosses, petrels, arctic cod and tiny krill, Nicklen, an underwater photography specialist, captures the beauty of a wide variety of polar animals, large and small – and the icy paradise in which they live.
Nicklen, who regards himself as an ambassador for polar life, grew up in a small Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic. From an early age, he learned how to survive in the frozen terrain and developed a passion for the wildlife around him. Today his expeditions take him to the ends of the Earth in pursuit of rare, close-up photographs of polar species, their intriguing ways, and their environs. Always honing his understanding of wildlife behavior to approach the animals in their most intimate natural settings, he uses photography to dispel myths, reveals rarely seen behaviors and intensify the world’s interest in the entire polar ecosystem.
Polar Obsession is organized and traveled by National Geographic.