Bear Cieri of Colchester photographed the piece “Endangered Species” that appears in our Autumn 2011 issue. See page 44 in the magazine for an explanation of how Bear came to take these photos from hunting camp. Here’s a little more about the recent Vermont transplant.
VL: You moved to Vermont a year ago. Aside from this being your wife’s home state, what was the draw?
BC: Proximity to outdoor recreation, the Vermont culture and simple clean living.
VL: To photograph “Endangered Species,” you accompanied your wife’s family to hunting camp. What was the biggest lesson you learned that day?
BC: The photos that appeared in that article are from an ongoing long-term project. Each time I go to camp, I learn something new about the guys who go there, hunting and my own sensibilities revolving around being a productive human in the modern world.
VL: Have you started hunting?
BC: I hunt with a camera.
VL: You enjoy a lot of outdoor activities —but do you prefer skiing or snowboarding?
BC: I grew up ski racing but switched to snowboarding when I realized I wasn’t good enough to go to the Olympics. So, I love both.
VL: What’s your favorite mountain?
BC: My favorite mountain is Colden, in the Adirondack High Peaks, but if you mean lift access, it would be Whiteface, also in the Adirondacks. It is where I’m from, after all.