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  • May 21, 2015

Instagram Spotlight: The Moments We Remember

With all of the amazing tools modern photography has given us, it’s easy to get caught up in technical perfection or creating a unique composition. But sometimes it’s important to remind ourselves that photography started out as a way to capture a moment, a way to remember something that once happened. Sometimes the moment happening in front of us is so captivating—whether quiet, loud, bright, or dark—that we almost compulsively need to lift the camera and click.

Here we share some outstanding moments from our photographers at home and in the field. We’ve got Jimmy Chin above the Grand Tetons, Robert Clark in NYC, Paul Nicklen in Greenland, Michael Yamashita in China, Steve McCurry in Rome, Stephanie Sinclair in India, and Drew Rush in Yellowstone.

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The Grand Tetons photographed this winter during an aerial recon of ski mountaineering conditions in the high peaks of Grand Teton National Park. —Jimmy Chin

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Blossoms cover a back yard in NYC’s Upper West Side. —Robert Clark

As sea ice disappears, it is becoming a common sighting to have hungry bears in towns or camps looking for food. For myself, this was a wonderful encounter with a female polar bear. I took a couple of pictures and she casually went on her way. People have an innate fear of this incredible species and quite often, pull the trigger way too early before allowing the bear to satisfy its curiosity. I have seen over 3000 polar bears in the wild over the past 25 years and have never had a terrifying encounter. —Paul Nicklen

The best perch to shoot Hangzhou is from a rowboat on West Lake in Hangzhou, China. —Michael Yamashita

I photographed this man in Rome, Italy. Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading. Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time, transported to another world. —Steve McCurry

Family members of a mahout–Hindi for elephant keeper–play at dusk inside the Elephant Village in Jaipur, India. —Stephanie Sinclair

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“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” —John F. Kennedy. Good morning from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. —Drew Rush


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There are 7 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Alex
    May 27, 2015

    I also think the polar bear is awesome. OK, it could be dangerous if you hadn’t known how to behave in this kind of the situation. What’s more: we spend our time with people we even don’t know but we are not afraid of them. Do you know they can be dangerous too?

  2. Sharon
    May 22, 2015

    One cannot dictate where, when and of what another person feels awe. If Justin found the polar bear to be awesome, then it was awesome to him…just like it is awesome to me. All of the pictures are beautiful, but for me the best one is of the bear.

  3. jason
    May 22, 2015

    Amazing pictures they so the world with its beautiful and give it feelings of
    Happiness sadness and excitement

  4. earlene
    May 22, 2015

    We are the Shepard’s of God’s creatures and the stewards of their land.

  5. Justin Belton
    May 21, 2015

    The polar bear is awesome but if the Bulls*** that lady was saying was true then it would of been starving. She would of seen the awesome power and merciless nature of a polar bear. It would of eaten her while she was still alive.

  6. steve
    May 21, 2015

    the polar bear is not awesome. its just a polar bear

  7. Gustavo
    May 21, 2015

    That female polar bear looking through the window is awesome.

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