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Arctic Solitaire: a Boat, a Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear

Arctic Solitaire: a Boat, a Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear

The Center for Wooden Boats Store

By Paul Souders

Photographer Paul Souders considered himself a lucky guy. He traveled the world and got paid to take pictures. Yet at age fifty he seemed an unlikely explorer. Recently married, he was leading a generally contented life as an urban homebody, ending most days with a cold martini and a home-cooked meal. So how did he find himself alone aboard a tiny boat, enduring bad weather and worse cooking, while struggling to find his way across more than a thousand miles of of Hudson Bay?

It was all for a picture. He dreamed of photographing the Arctic’s most iconic animal, the polar bear.

From the end of the road to the edge of the world, in a slightly quixotic quest to photograph the hidden lives of polar bears.