I Am Fragile - An Arctic Conservation Film
Words and Video by: Florian Ledoux
In August of 2017, I sailed 6000km over the course of eight weeks From West Greenland to Nunavut to explore and document the Arctic wildlife on Devon Island, Bylot Island, Baffin Island, Somerset Island, and Lancaster Sound. My purpose was to witness, document and protect.
While I was there, the Government of Canada and Nunavut agreed to establish a National Marine Conservation Area called Tallurutiup Imanga - the largest protected area in Canada. This was a great achievement, but in 2016 only 4.7% of the Arctic’s marine areas were protected and the target of protecting 10% by 2020 still remains far.
When I find myself in the remote Arctic, co-existing in harmony with the wildlife that calls it home, everything makes total sense to me. I feel it deep within myself. It is a vibe that consumes my body and soul in its entirety.
The pinnacle of my reportage expedition was undoubtedly my close encounters with these majestic yet gentle animals. For me, there is no better feeling than being close to those magnificent mammals and sharing a space with them.
I will always remember the moment I saw my first polar bear - I cried during the three hours we stayed close. I discovered it swimming and by the time I left my binoculars to announce it to our captain, I was already crying. When I find myself in the remote Arctic, co-existing in harmony with the wildlife that calls it home, everything makes total sense to me. I feel it deep within myself. It is a vibe that consumes my body and soul in its entirety. When I’m in these moments, I feel the urge to create an image with a strong conservation message that I will remember for the rest of my life. Those moments are invaluable, it’s what I live for.
When I photograph, I’m somewhere else. This is, I guess, what constitutes as passion - my passion to help with the conservation of Arctic wildlife. I believe in and aspire to bring a new perspective to capturing wildlife, something different than traditional photography.
I believe these images allow us to observe and document their behavior from a new angle and approach, revealing the animals in their entirety as well as in a wider habitat and landscape; a new way of learning about the white northern part of our planet. It is more than time to act, and I want my photos and videos to aid conservation and create more Marine Conservation Area.
To see more films by Florian about Arctic wildlife, click here.