Nestled in Minnesota’s beautiful north woods, the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary works to protect the iconic, lovable, and misunderstood American black bear through education. Alex spent a month working for the bears on site, and documented their soft sides in his free time.
The sanctuary borders are completely open and black bears have expansive territories, so nearly every bear on the property is just passing through. In other words, every personality you scroll past is wild.
The German translation of “wanderlust.” One of the many side effects of a road trip with a close friend through four German-speaking countries (Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Germany) accompanied by mesmerizing landscapes, captivating architecture, and vibrant souls.
It’s so obviously there. You can see it in their eyes. The way their souls dance when they meet. The contagion of their smiles. The tightness of their hugs. The way their conversation traverses every emotion, sinks and rises to meet every depth. Their reaction to each other is more powerful than fission, but it isn’t complicated. It’s a simple thing. A beautiful thing.
I have seen the place where desert soils turn leather boots to iron, and silver-lined clouds have a red rock frame. Where the faces of cliffs stand in solidarity as stoic titans, gazing at each other with fiery permanence. How I long to be lost in that maze. To walk beside that winding river. It grabbed me, captivated me, and drew in my fleeting exhalation; but that breath was a loan, and one day I’ll be back for it.
They tried as hard as they could. Each one working for their own definitions of personal success: societal contribution, notoriety, a family. Whatever their reasons, they came together and created, constructing homes that became skyscrapers in less than a century and multiplied them into hundreds by the turn of the next. It was beautifully gritty, full of life, and may not have been their intention; but there’s no doubt about it. Together, they built Eden.
The fact that the heart sits in the upper left can’t be a coincidence.
Portraiture is an intimate, personal genre of photography. It’s impossible to completely catch a soul in a portrait, but they do make it possible for souls to catch us.
You know, the first time I saw you, my soul wanted to dance with yours, and here we are waltzing. Your joyful laugh, your humble passion, your intoxicating loveliness - it all sends me spinning. I never want it to end. Please, darling, may I have this dance? Now until forever?