Title: Iconic Swim
Sizes: Print: 8x12" ($50), 12x18" ($100), 16x24" ($150), 24x36" ($200), 30x40" ($275), 40x50" ($400). Fine Art Print: 8x12" ($100), 12x18" ($175), 16x24" ($250), 24x36" ($375), 30x40" ($450), 40x50" ($600).
Jill Cooper and Simon Jackson
Tell us a bit about yourself
Simon has been photographing since the age of seven, and professionally since 13. Jill began at 21 and turn professional at the age of 30. We founded Ghost Bear Institute, an organization that seeks to inspire, educate and spark a new generation to foster a better balance between people and nature. We continue to work to advance this vision and is underpinned by visual storytelling that provokes thoughtful dialogue and educational efforts that nurture a deeper sense of connection to, and shared ownership of, the issues facing Canada’s biodiversity. As such, we strive to share better stories of Canada's natural inheritance, engage all Canadians in direct conversation about how we can work together collaboratively and create immersive experiences that allow for individuals to rethink their role in our nation.
What inspires you?
Nature. The fagility, the resiliancy, and the beauty of it. And how to spark a passion for the wild in others by using photography and story telling as a tool to help the world fall in love with nature again
The method behind the madness
We photograph with Nikon DSLR cameras, and a lot of patience. When photographing nature and, more specifically, wildlife, we always think of the animal first. We want to show the beauty and personality of each animal, but ensure that we are not interrupting the natural behaviour of that individual. We passionately believe the camera can freeze moments that can inspire a wired world to appreciated the interconnectedness of all life.
We'd love to get to know a bit more about you
We are currently consumed with our project 'Nature Labs' which is a virtual classroom that uses the environment as a real-world example of high school lessons in order to enhance education and advance nature literacy. All proceeds from our image sales help support the development of Nature Labs, our signature project, which advances nature literacy in the high school classroom.
Tell us a story
Both of our special moments can be wrapped into one individual. Call him a mentor of a sort, but his name was Scarface. He was the biggest, baddest, most iconic grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. He tolerated crowds of people, but did not allow any other bear to dethrone his epic status in the most storied park. Scarface had profoundly impacted each of our lives. He was Jill’s first grizzly in Yellowstone. He was Simon's first grizzly ever. He was the bear that gave birth to the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and the campaign that united six million voices to protect the rare white Kermode or spirit bear. He even remembered Simon's birthday one year, by showing up that day with an elk carcass. Every year Simon, (and later on, Jill) visited Yellowstone, we’d seen this grizzly bear, giving us the special opportunity to document the animal not only on film, slide and digital image, but also providing us with a marker for our lives. We learned so much from him and he inspired us to tell not only his story, but the story of other animals that did not have a voice. Unfortunately, after providing so much joy, inspiration and awe to so many people, not only is this beloved bear dead, he was killed by a bullet and not old age. We were one of the last people to see him in the wild and capture an image to tell the story of such an iconic bruin.