Photographer showcases wildlife

Artnerships in Prince George see businesses and organizations supporting local artists by  showcasing their work.

The juried program is a Prince George & District Community Arts Council effort that celebrates the diversity and exceptional standard of excellence achieved by regional artisans.

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Currently, the City of Prince George and the Prince George Airport are part of the program.

Recently wildlife photographer Eric Seeman presented his picture of a bull moose to Mayor Lyn Hall.

The piece will be showcased at City Hall in the fifth floor lobby.

This is the first time Seeman has been involved in the Artnership program.

"It's fantastic," Seeman said. "It's a great honour. I like people to see what I do and have the opportunity to share my work with everyone in Prince George."

Seeman wanders off into the bush as often as possible to 'shoot' his subjects.

"The bull moose that I hung up at City Hall - he was a monster," Seeman said who has been a photographer for more than 20 years. "He was actually with two cows and I walked in pretty peacefully and he was pretty busy with the cows. He didn't seem to be too worried about me. But again I shot from a very long distance upwind from him so everything was pretty good. I spent probably about an hour with him. I searched for a couple of years now for a big bull like that - like most hunters around here I suppose. They are few and far between and I felt very lucky when I found this one. It took a lot of patience and a long, long time to find him - just like anything I do out here."

Seeman was on a mountain top near Prince George staying in cell range during the Citizen's phone interview.

On his website, Seeman has a photo series called Nature's Way that captures a linx making a meal of a frozen deer carcass only to have an element of surprise added to the mix. 

The images showcase a dedicated photographer whose patience pays off with a series of 28 photos that speaks to the nature of things.

"You have to be out there a lot," Seeman said, about capturing nature in its element. "I spent about three and a half hours with that linx that day." 

For a nature photographer, there is always a chance of a close encounter.

"For a lot of my photos I am using a long lens so I have that safe distance but there has been one bluff charge from a black bear but most of the pictures that you see I have spent two or three days going into the same area and I think the animals just get used to me being there and they know that I am not a threat. It seems to be pretty calm."

Seeman's most recent grizzly bear photos were taken in Kodiak, Alaska, where he was escorted by a guide.

"So those bears really didn't care about us being there," Seeman said. "They were so fed with fish and we just weren't a concern of theirs at all. They're so used to humans coming into the area, they don't take us as a threat." 

Some of those grizzlies in Kodiak are the biggest in the world, Seeman said. He saw one grizzly that stood five and a half feet at the hump.

During his photographic adventures, Seeman took some time off when his father became ill and then when he passed away in 2013 Seeman was inspired to do more because he knew his father had enjoyed the photos Seeman shared with him.

"I knew he loved the wildlife and I think that's what pushed me to get out there more," Seeman said. 

The message Seeman wants to convey through his photography is to love wildlife as he does.

"I've never hunted, I don't have anything against hunters who fill their freezer but trophy hunting I am totally against," Seeman said. "I love to share what I see - the moose, the linx, the bears, the cute little fox - I love to share those images with people who have no idea what this part of the country holds and it's for a lot of the older folks who can't get out to enjoy what I enjoy."

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