Photographer Bear Kirkpatrick works on location in the woods, plains, lakes, in that brief ambient light just as the sun goes down, with remote triggering devices. He conjures the primal human in the natural world with gorgeous, haunting results, except for that one time “two armed federal law enforcement offices broke in on a shoot in the Maine woods,” he tells ANIMAL. “They confiscated my camera and made me raise my arms while they ‘disarmed’ me of my a pocket knife and interrogated my be-toweled model and art-student assistant separately and then cross-checked the stories and accused me of making pornography on federal land.”

That right there would have been a felony, only, obviously, it wasn’t.

This right here is solid, haunting work. Check him out in the current issue of Ruby Magazine.