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Paws for Thought

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European brown bear
Ursus arctos arctos
Primarily distributed across eastern Europe and Scandinavia, with remnant populations in a few western European countries.

Why I made this image

When I walked past this sleeping bear, something made me stop. On the face of it, there was nothing significant to photograph. Even so, I was drawn to the moment. Nothing in life is insignificant if we take time to notice. As I observed, the miraculousness of the bear revealed itself. The more mindful I became, the more I could see and, as my mind opened, I freed a path for new interpretations to form. From places unknown, ideas swirled. Whatever their source, ideas are the propellant that move us forward, individually and as a species. It is our quest – our obligation, even – to seek new representations of reality, deeper than the surface of what we ordinarily see – an endeavor that becomes centered at the moment creativity emerges, when boundaries dissolve and aesthetics becomes our supreme guide.

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Copyright Chris Weston Gallery, 2016. All rights reserved.

Complimentary Artworks

The following images have been selected by the photographer as complimentary, either in colour, tone, compositional aesthetics or atmospheric style, when hung together or in close proximity.