In the mid year of 2016, I set out to Finland to accomplish a fantasy of mine: seeing and capturing the unfathomable cocoa bears that stalk through the old Taiga backwoods.
They move noiselessly, scrounging for products of the soil among the swamps. One bear, specifically, emerged. Nicknamed Brutus, this immense male bear was once known as the greatest bear in Finland. The first occasion when I saw him was hypnotizing. He swaggered out of the fog and sniffed at the air, before strolling over the swamp before me.
I burned through 2 weeks in a stow away in the woodland, sitting tight for 15 hours every day overnight. Each impression I got of Brutus shaped a memory I will always remember. Now and again, his immense edge was only a couple meters from my cover up. Keeping calm and exchanging my camera into ‘calm mode’, I could take pictures without exasperating him.