This is not just a book about Kamchatka and its wonderful nature. This is also a book about a man and his journeys in the kingdom of bears to who he is now as a man and a photographer. Sergey Gorshkov is the most well known Russian nature photographer. Kamchatka Peninsula in the easternmost Siberia is one of the largest and least unspoiled wildernesses in the world. Untamed nature of this volcanic region made an indelible impression on Gorshkov. For him the most beloved place on Earth is Kuril Lake. It is the world's largest overwintering area of Steller's sea eagles, Asia's largest sockeye salmon spawning ground and safe haven for Kamchatka's largest brown bear population. "To take a truly memorable photo, to capture and convey in the blink of an eye a bear's character, its traits, the essence of what is happening to it at the very instant, you must literally live among bears: sit about, observe, watch for the right moment, and when that moment arrives, understand how to take advantage of the opportunity. In the other words, you must blend in with environment as far as possible and become a part of it for a while, a part of untamed nature. "Gorshkov, a former hunter, now speaks on behalf of shooting with camera and against trophy hunting. "I rejoice at snapping an excellent shot with camera more than I ever did firing a clean shot with a gun. In the coarse of time I have understood what is the greatest advantage of hunting with a camera: the instinct to hunt is satisfied without needing to kill. Today my weapon is the camera, and I will not point it against nature, but to defend it."
Keywords: nature photography, photography, nature, Siberia, Kamchatka, Russia, bears, wildlife, Russian wildlife, animals, travel, photographers