T HE WOLF MAN
Wolves are Jim Brandenburg’s best-known subject…
What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?
There have been so many. I’ve been lucky, I’ve got a few images that almost everybody knows: the wolf showing just half a face peering from behind the tree, shot in my backyard. I’m proud that image is used a lot to speak of the wolf. The leaping wolf is another one. Did you know they were shot within the same month? They’re my two most famous pictures, I suppose. Yet totally different?
Totally different, but they’re both of wolves. Why is that? When I spoke to the press today, I talked about knowing your subject. Don’t run off to some exotic location, but know your subject. Photograph something that you really love because it will show in the photograph. What is it about the wolf that you love?
Well, as a journalist, I think it’s the most misunderstood and most persecuted animal in the world. We hate wolves: Little Red Riding Hood and other stories. The wolf was a threatened species in America but they took it off the threatened species list and within two months it was on the list for the hunting season. I like to tell the wolf’s story as a journalist because it has a very sophisticated social structure. To me it’s just a wonderful story.