Bears! Icons of the Wild
Perhaps more than any other group of animals, bears are living symbols of wilderness. And, as the Earth's wilderness shrinks in the wake of expanding human populations, bears are vanishing as well. All of the eight living species of bears are either threatened or endangered in at least some portions of their range, and the root causes of declining bear populations are all attributable to human actions. Ironically, humans also hold the tools necessary to ensure the continued survival of bears in the wild.
In 2002 Jenny was commissioned to create a traveling photographic exhibition about the bears of the world. The goal of the project was to enlighten a broad cross-section of the general public about the biology, ecology, behavior, and conservation of the world's eight species of bears using compelling fine art photographs to illustrate and dramatize the exhibition's educational content.
For almost two years, Jenny spent much of her time studying bears, hiking in their habitat, observing their daily lives, and photographing them with awe and respect. Her exhibition Bears! Icons of the Wild is the result. The photographs she was able to capture, and the text she prepared to accompany the images in the traveling exhibit, offer insight into the fascinating lives of these magnificent animals and galvanize us to ensure they survive and thrive.
Jenny is offering many of the images from Bears! Icons of the Wild as limited edition photographic prints. The prints are available in a variety of sizes, and may be purchased unframed, matted, or matted and framed. Click on the following link to view more than 50 available photographs of all eight species of bears from the exhibition, as well as many of Jenny's other bear photographs.
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Major sponsorship for Bears! Icons of the Wild was provided by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and Frontiers North's Tundra Buggy® Adventure. Additional assistance was provided by numerous other organizations, agencies, companies, and individuals. A complete listing of acknowledgements is displayed as part of the exhibition.
Most of the photographs for this project were taken in the wild in the United States, British Columbia, the Canadian Arctic, and Asia. Due to the rare and endangered status of several bear species in the wild, as well as time constraints and budget limitations for this project, some images were obtained in captive conditions. Those photographs are marked on this web site with an asterisk next to the species name. Although Jenny does not typically photograph animals in captivity, the images in question would have been essentially impossible to obtain in the wild, and it was important to include them in order to serve the educational purposes of the exhibition.