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Taylor Glenn, Lynx canadensis L A S T L OOK Canada Lynx Taylor Glenn, a longtime resident of Jackson, Wyoming, has always been fascinated by the wildlife that lives within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Because he is a portrait photographer, he chooses this visual aesthetic when he photographs animals. His photographs are, quite simply, animal portraits and, as such, are unique within the genre of wildlife photography. “I create studio portraits to allow people to focus on the beauty of the animal without any distractions,” he says. The animals Glenn photographs live in captivity due to various unfortunate circumstances. Some will be able to be released back into the wild, some will not. To create the portraits, Glenn builds a simple set with a plain backdrop in or near the facility where the animal lives. When the set is complete, the handler walks the animal into and around the set, to let it explore and become familiar and comfortable with this new space. Then Glenn waits. “They don’t pose. They simply are themselves and, when I see the right moment, I make the picture,” he says. “I want each image to be a powerful and beautiful representation of the animal.” The Canada lynx (pictured) is a mediumsized cat found throughout Canada, Alaska and in the northern Rockies. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, made up of land in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, is considered one of the critical habitats for this species. These days, it is very rare to spot the Canada lynx in the wild, and Lynx canadensis is listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. “By showing the animals in a unique way, I hope people will realize how important it is to preserve them and their habitat,” Glenn says. To see more images from this project and other photographic work, visit TaylorGlennPhoto.com. Glenn is a featured artist with WRJ Design Associates, WRJDesign.com. 72 National Museum of Wildlife Art | WildlifeArt.org


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