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Sealed With a Kiss

Sealed With a Kiss
Photograph by Joel Sartore

Trainer Jeff Watson bonds with his bear Brody, the cover boy of this month’s National Geographic, by spitting into his mouth. Brody may seem cute and cuddly at moments like these, but Watson is uncomfortable with visitors and television clients who don’t temper their affection for Brody with a little bit of respect. “This bear is not a pet,” he says. “I’ve raised him from a cub, and I have to watch every move I make.”

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 20mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Cool, overcast
Time of Day: Lunchtime
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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