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Photo of the week: A heartbreaking photo of a bear in a landfill

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I was in the region on an assignment unrelated to bears, but a friend in the area said we could check out the landfill as there may be bears there, so we went for a drive. When we arrived at the landfill there were bears everywhere, I believe 7 total. I was speechless, in complete shock of what I was seeing and I actually didn't shoot any photographs.

That night I couldn't shake the feeling about the bears in the landfill, and so the next day I asked my friend if we could go back. When we arrived the smokey pit was on fire with flames coming up taller than the bear. I immediately knew that, this time, I had to shoot.

When I finished making the photograph, the bear turned slowly and walked down into the smoking pit, disappearing from my sight. He never came back up during the rest of my time there.

It took me a very long time to process this photograph after, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. All I know is that it’s the only photograph I’ve ever made that has made me tear up on multiple occasions. And I’m sure still has more to teach me.

I used a Nikon D810 and 35mm F1.8 lens. Exposure was F11 and 1/400 second, as I wanted as much detail as possible and didn't expect the bear to be so still, so I chose a high shutter speed to ensure clarity in case the bear moved around. I got pretty lucky with the smoke and position of the sun—just one of those moments I believe come to us photographers, when everything aligns just right.


Troy Moth is an award-winning photographer based out of Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. His photography has been exhibited worldwide, and his work has appeared in Rolling Stone and Vogue among others. You can see more of his photos by visiting his website, or following him on Facebook.

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tedgould
4 days ago
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Such an emotional picture.
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Early and Late

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Early and Late

More birds.

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tedgould
5 days ago
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I'm more of a "burger bird."
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A Condom-Maker’s Discovery: Size Matters

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Custom-fit condoms in a variety of sizes are now on the market, following regulatory changes at the F.D.A. Global Protection Corp. manufactures a line called myONE Perfect Fit.

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tedgould
9 days ago
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Love the idea of the template with random numbers and letters on it so that the sizes can be easily compared.
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Eminem's takedown of Donald Trump: The most explosive lines

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The rapper delivered an explosive four-minute tirade against the president at Tuesday's BET Awards.
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tedgould
10 days ago
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Glad to see artists using their platform to talk about things like what it really means to support the military and call out racism.
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Trilobites: The Dirty Secrets Saved in Dead Birds’ Feathers

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A comparison of horned larks from the early 20th century in the collection at the Field Museum in Chicago. The specimens on the left were collected inside the manufacturing belt in Illinois. The specimens on the right were collected along the West Coast, away from industrial areas.

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tedgould
10 days ago
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Someone please show these pictures to Pruitt. I don't want birds that color.
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Talking About the N.F.L. Protests With Kids

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Americans may express their opinions without fear of punishment from the government – but free speech isn’t always extended to school-age kids.

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tedgould
11 days ago
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Disappointed this doesn't talk about explaining the social justice issues to children. Even in talking about who would gets punished for kneeling it could be covered easily.
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