Photography by Paul Bradley • Exhibit runs from May 22 to July 15, 2023.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Despite the harsh conditions, the Svalbard archipelago (north of Norway) is home to a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife. This collection of photos highlights the beauty and
grandeur of the remarkable and abundant wildlife that inhabits this part of the world above the
arctic circle. During his time spent in the arctic, Paul has been able to photograph the most iconic resident of Svalbard, the polar bear. These magnificent mammals are the largest land predator on earth and can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. In addition to polar bears, the arctic fox, and reindeer share the harsh landscape. Walruses, seals, and whales dominate the ocean environment of the northern arctic. Paul has captured in his photographs the unique attributes and personalities of these species.
Svalbard is also an important breeding ground for several species of birds, including Arctic terns, puffins, and guillemots. These birds feed on fish and other marine creatures and can be seen diving into the water to catch their prey. Spending his time at sea and along the sheer cliffs of the coastline, Paul went to great lengths to capture their distinctive behaviors. Through his photographs, Paul seeks to provide insight into the lives and personalities of the many species of wildlife that thrive in the harsh northern regions in hopes that we can continue to protect and enjoy these beautiful and precious species.
ARTIST BIO: With help from his father, Paul’s interest in photography began at the age of 10 with an old film camera. At the age of 14, Paul started photographing and developing his own prints and slide film. When digital photography came along in the 1990’s he was quick to adapt to the new technology that has revolutionized the way we all take pictures. Paul’s favorite genres are travel, landscape, and wildlife photography. Paul was born and raised in Salt Lake City where he attended Skyline High School. Paul holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in psychology and an MBA from Westminster College. Paul is currently employed as a human resources executive. He and his wife Liz have three children and currently live in the Sugarhouse area.
|Mon, May 29||Closed|
|Tue, May 30||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Wed, May 31||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Thu, Jun 01||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Fri, Jun 02||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Sat, Jun 03||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Sun, Jun 04||11:00AM to 5:00PM|
NOTE: The Main Library's Rooftop Terrace is closed through 2022 for repairs and renovations.
Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The structure embraces a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium.
A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.