His body twisted by adolescent scoliosis, Lynn Schooler's soul was scarred from the loneliness of someone who, at an early age, stood 'at a strange angle to the rest of the world'. He made a life on the slim crescent of remote Alaskan coastline surrounding the city of Juneau, a place where he was least likely to encounter people. In 1990, celebrated Japanese photographer Michio Hoshino hired Schooler to help him shoot a segment on humpback whales in Glacier Bay, and the two formed a profound friendship. Their conversations often revolved around the glacier bear (known as the blue bear for its unique granite-coloured fur), a nearly extinct creature so rare that it is shrouded in legend. Together, the two men became obsessed with finding the animal, every year searching through Ice-Age vistas to capture the blue bear on film. Their obsession cost Hoshino his life when he was killed by a grizzly bear - but alone in the eighth year, Schooler finally found and photographed the elusive creature.
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Lynn Schooler has lived in Alaska for thirty years. During that time, he has lived the quiet life of a Renaissance man in exile - having worked as a commercial fisherman, a shipwright, a trapper, a professional seaman, a wildlife photographer, and a wilderness guide. He has won local and national awards for his wildlife photography. This is his first book.Review:
'The Blue Bear is sublime. Schooler threads us into the intimacy of Alaska's nature' New York Times Book Review
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11009942195X