Snow Monster by David Yarrow

I only photograph bison in the snow. It is their toughness that defines them and their thick coats seem to make so much more sense on a bitingly cold winter’s day. They are not the easiest of animals to film and every year in Yellowstone there is at least one incident of a bison charging a park visitor who has got too close or has been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This picture was taken in the plains of America, as opposed to somewhere heavily regulated like Yellowstone and the big bull moving speedily in my general direction offers a different and fresh perspective from my previous work with this beast of an animal.These type of immersive, ground up photographs are only possible when working in collaboration with seasoned ranchers and we would not recommend this angle of view in most bison situations. They are unpredictable animals and when spooked, they can be deadly.

I like to convey size and scale in all that I do. I always feel a need to communicate clearly whatever the subject and this approach is embedded in the creative processing. This adult male bison weighs over 1000kgs – so about the same weight as 10 American footballers together. He is a monster of an animal and I think the second bison in the distance helps to give a sense of this.

Available Sizes (Framed Size)
Large: 86” x 71”
Standard: 62” x 52”

Available Editions
Large: 12
Standard: 12


David Yarrow was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966. He took up photography at an early age and as a 20-year-old found himself working as a photographer for The London Times on the pitch at the World Cup Final in Mexico City. On that day, David took the famous picture of Diego Maradona holding the World Cup and, as a result, was subsequently asked to cover the Olympics and numerous other sporting events. Many years later David established himself as a photographer by documenting the natural world from new perspectives and the last nine years have been career defining.

David’s evocative and immersive photography is most distinctive and has earned him an ever growing following amongst art collectors. His large monochrome images made in Los Angeles are on display in leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America. He is now recognised as one of the best-selling photographers in the world and his limited edition works regularly sell at high prices at Sotheby’s and other auction houses.

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