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The Tale of Two Wolves

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Published Apr 5, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 25 Contributors

    25 photos selected by

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    When I created this picture - a lot of people asking me if this is a wolf. And of course a swiss ...

    #mountains #lake #animals #animal #girl #dogs #sunrise #bestfriend #morningglow

    This assignment sought to dispel the myth of the wolf using science and storytelling. The Your Shot community responded by sending compelling photographs that innovatively challenged public perception about the wolf, evolving from an insidious perpetrator to an indispensable predator! 

    The unique array of submissions made my job next to impossible—there were so many I wanted to include, but we ran out of space. I want to underscore the sheer ingenuity exhibited by the Your Shot community; you used everything from lentils and pencil shavings, to Lego and coffee grinds to visualize the wolf and rebrand its public image.  The portraits of wolves that many of you submitted brought forth individual personalities and physical attributes, from textures and colors, to tones and patterns.  

    portrait

    #wolf #girl #kid #portrait #blackandwithe

    Editor's Note

    This is the image that has defined this assignment. I absolutely love how eloquent and expressive it is. Exceptionally articulate.

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    This image shows three siblings engaging in a family greeting. Wolves hold very strong bonds with...

    #wolf #family #essential #wolfpack #graywolf #wolfconservationcenter #standforwolves

    Editor's Note

    Myth: Wolves are indifferent to their own kind and prefer to operate as loners. Truth: Wolves are pack animals and are extremely social. For wolves, family matters above nearly all else. This captu... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    There are days that I have to pull my inner wolf out. Sometimes I need that inner strength to kee...

    #wolves #self_portait #breakingbarriers #the_tale_of_two_wolves

    Editor's Note

    The wild within is how we experience and preserve the wild beyond. This still is so extraordinary. I absolutely love the simple yet highly evocative nature of this composition, and the fecund ideat... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    "The wolf is making a comeback. They are tracing the shores of great lakes, climbing the northern...

    #abstract #wolf

    Editor's Note

    This conceptually evidences wolves aren't a black & white issue, that this controversial predator needs our protection. It begs the viewer to read between the lines! The arrival of European settler... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Many people told me that the future can be seen in the grinds of coffee . Tell me then, what does...

    #water #nature #wolf #animal #blackandwhite #coffee #conceptual

    Editor's Note

    Yes, we do need to wake up and smell the coffee on this hot button species! A wolf howling at the moon or a wolf's life down the drain? Wolves have been mercilessly targeted by humans for centuries... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Let's change our perspective about the idiom "A wolf in sheep's clothing". How about giving the ...

    #abstract #animals #light #portrait #conceptualart #thetaleoftwowolvesassignment

    Editor's Note

    Excellent portrayal of bias based on scale. The wolf's presence has indeed been dwarfed by the livestock mankind has prioritized above wild on every account. Myth: Wolves represent a threat to the ... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    It was a great, extremely inspiring and interesting assignment! It was an opportunity not only fo...

    #children #wolf #childhood #reading #book #wolves #fairytale #the #doc_family #tale_of_two_wolves

    Editor's Note

    In the age of disinformation and unfathomable access to information, it has grown increasingly hard to know if media is reliable. What we can rely on is science. Fiction can morph like Chinese Whis... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Wolves remain one of the American West’s most controversial species. When we began this assignment, I mentioned that the first step in restoring the wolf to its entire native range in North America would be resuscitating its reputation. Hardly a week goes by without a newspaper article describing conflicting issues about wolves, laying out a complex concern in black-and-white. While media can distort our understanding, it can also cast a spotlight on the unseen and unknown. The Your Shot community produced content that would address the latter. Science was combined with conceptual storytelling to generate truly captivating narratives. 

    I do not know how to describe the adrenaline I felt when it came to me mad and looked straight ...

    #nature #fly #wildlife #bird #animal #winter #snow #action #anger #run #beast #move #madness #jackal #eays

    Editor's Note

    The most powerful force in the universe is life; the second most powerful force is death. The wolf is a purveyor of death in an ecosystem; it helps maintain healthy prey stocks by hunting those ani... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Is it because of fear? Who is in fear? Human? Wolf? or Both? I used a toy water pistol and a...

    #abstract #nature #white #wolf #animals #light #animal #black #human #silhouette #shadow #gun #create #and

    Editor's Note

    This image accurately conveys the conflict around this species. Wolves have been around longer than man, yet we have claimed their lands as ours and not been adept at sharing. This is changing with... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    To this day, a culture of misunderstanding, bias, and fear persists in the minds of some when it ...

    #wildlife #wolf #wolves #wolfpack

    Editor's Note

    Another brilliant submission. Myth: Wolves represent a threat to human safety. Truth: Wolves are afraid of humans and prefer to avoid them. In design process, to achieve an effective rebrand and so... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Young girl reading Virginia Wolf, a beautifully illustrated story loosely inspired by the writer,...

    #forest #wolf #girl #childhood #reading #bokeh #book #taleoftwowolves #wildhood #virginiawolf

    Editor's Note

    A child's initial exposure to any new data comes to determine how he or she will relate to that bit of data as an adult. Fear can be replaced with love through educational awareness. If we teach ki... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    The wolf is a symbol for pure "wildness", our imagination connects the wolf to being wild, free &...

    #child #children #light #kid #playing #portraits #blackandwhite #tn #black_and_white #child_playing

    Editor's Note

    Education is critical. A wolf can only find new expression in the wild beyond, when it finds new expression within the human mindscape. A child's imagination, sense of play, curiosity, and compassi... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    from a portrait photo shoot with italian model Luca

    #wolf #tatto

    Editor's Note

    We’ve all heard the story of the big, bad wolf. But what about the real wolf? The real wolf avoids people. The real wolf is responsible for a fraction of livestock deaths every year. And, like in T... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Living with as much passion as wolves show for the moon would result in an life changing eggsperi...

    #moon #wolves #eggart #theeggshibit

    Editor's Note

    Wildly creative, and the image expresses the two elements as emerging from a state of unity, as the egg is both wolf and moon! Wolves have long had value in shamanic traditions, and this capture de... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    While they are many other issues contributing to the diminishing wolf population, deforestation p...

    #wolf #deforestation #taleoftwowolves

    Editor's Note

    Poetic, affecting and remarkably effective. I am humbled by the brilliance of the ideas conveyed by this composition. The interdependence between habitat restoration/preservation and the health of ... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Together we have managed to tell stories through a different lens, one that appreciates the wolf through the filter of science, compassion, and observation.  Thank you for helping the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project  coalition—and me—get the message out. Your incredible images will continue to have impact through RMWP’s social media in the coming weeks, so follow them to see how your images are changing public perception.

    Individually we tell unique stories; collectively we change the narrative. Thank you!

    Young wolf pup nestled safely in the palm of a hand. A few weeks made the difference between the...

    #nature #wolf #animals #portrait #pup #conservation

    Editor's Note

    This image concisely states that the future of wolves rests in our hands. This is true. If we do not give wolves space to be wolves, they will cease to exist in the wild, and the forests will no lo... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Everywhere this 21st century girl goes she takes her red heart balloon. It is a symbol of love, w...

    #love #story #red_riding_hood #street_art_australia #my_best_photos_of_2018

    Editor's Note

    This truly extraordinary composition, reimagines Little Red Riding hood as willing to engage the wolf as Mowgli did. Her expression is so heartwarming, and the wolf's paw almost looks like a human ... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Multiple witnesses report recent sightings of Little Red Riding Hood ALIVE! For centuries, it has...

    #wolf #wolves #tale_of_two_wolves

    Editor's Note

    I love the joyful, unfettered emotional exchange and connection evident in this image. It's playful and uplifting! From Little Red Riding Hood to The Three Little Pigs, the wolf has long been cast ... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Took a short road trip to my favorite drive through animal rescue place! Bearizona is great for f...

    #canon #wolf #window #arizona #rebrandthewolf

    Editor's Note

    Wolves, like most other species that we share living space on this biosphere with, are connected to us. Won't you remove the subjective lens through which you see this species, and observe it objec... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Yellowstone, “what a place…” As if on cue, a distant movement jarred me back to a stunning realit...

    #nature #landscape #yellowstone #snow #action #elk #chase #antlers #wolves #lamar_valley

    Editor's Note

    Great action shot of predatory pursuit, & epic framing of the wolf within antlers! This begs us the myth,"Wolves kill for sport." Truth is, wolves were brutally exterminated from the continental US... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    A howling wolf in Yellowstone National Park.

    #wildlife #yellowstone_national_park #howling_wolf #parks_and_wildlife #strange_terrain

    Editor's Note

    Have you seen that clip about how wolves change rivers? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q I was instantly reminded of the critical role wolves play in the wild. I like how the rising mist... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    While on a recent road trip my husband and I rescued this little baby coyote off of the highway....

    #mountain #nature #landscape #wildlife #animal #travel #roadtrip #letsexplore #roadtripassignment

    Editor's Note

    Myth: Wolves are mostly immune from the trials & tribulations of life. Truth: Wolves are short lived. Starvation and injuries from hunting are common, and life can be a struggle. This image beautif... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    The fast movements of her made me realize that she is totally in control of her territory and the...

    #wolf #animals #snow #winterwildlife

    Editor's Note

    I am so struck by this ethereal image, it belongs in the new wolf fairytale. By the 1920’s, wolves were scarce and the last to survive took on mythical status. By 1940, the gray wolf had become ext... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    "He who cannot howl will not find his pack" Charles Simic.

    Editor's Note

    Hardly a week goes by without a newspaper article describing conflicting issues about wolves, laying out a complex concern in black and white. Media can distort our understanding with ignorance. An... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    About the Editor
    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist
    Asher Jay, is saving the world’s threatened wildlife—with creativity. Her cause-driven art, sculpture, design installations, films, and advocacy advertising campaigns bring attention to everything from the blood ivory trade to plastic pollution. Jay’s upcoming projects will tackle biodiversity loss due to wildlife trafficking and climate change. Tackling issue after issue, ...

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