Pic of the week, August 23

The ocean has been as calm as a lake this week. The Arctic Ocean fascinates me in many ways. I’m always finding interesting creatures, beach combing here is particularly fun as you can find something as large as a whale vertebra down to something as small as beach glass, and the water itself is ever changing. From waves big enough to surf to you-can-skip-stones-on-it calm. My favorite part of summer is having the water back and I’ve been spending as much time as possible being near it.

Pic of the week, August 17

We were taken on a short hike to the local swimming hole this afternoon. Apparently they even exist in the Arctic! It was a clear little creek out of town on the tundra. While everyone else was playing in the cold water, I found this unusual flower on the creek shore and thought it was quite striking.

Pic of the week, August 9

Earlier this week I was pleasantly surprised to find a large sea nettle floating along the beach. It was probably my last opportunity to add to the series this summer. The big waves made lots of bubbles, which really added in this case.

Pic of the week, Aug. 1

I am going to endeavor to start sharing a photo every week in an effort to keep me from going long periods of time without working.  Photography is a very important part of my life and allows me to clear my mind.  Now that I’ve developed some anxiety issues, I think it is time to seriously make an effort to get out more and photograph something even when I might not feel up to it. This one is from my recent trip to Kenai, AK.  I found a set of old windows stacked against the outside wall of our bed and …

Nuvuk

After trips to Hawaii and southcentral Alaska, my return to Barrow has been just as eventful! We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather and a friend offered to take me on an ATV ride past the end of the road to Point Barrow in search of beluga whales. While we didn’t see any whales, we came across a small graveyard and stopped to take a look. The graves were from the late teens and early twenties. The grave with the largest marker had a small caribou skull adorning the foot and the smaller grave to the right was adorned with an …

Kelp in the style of my sea nettles

On a recent trip to Homer, AK with my mother and son, we went tidepooling. It struck me how beautiful kelp is and how like the tentacles of my jellyfish it looks. Here are a few shots processed in the same fashion as the sea nettles.

As I begin to plan what photographic equipment I’m bringing with us on our trip to Hawaii next week, I happened upon this packing list while reading a book on the history of American photography from 1839-1889 and I felt I needed to share. An excerpt from Photography and the American Scene by Taft: Stereoscopic camera with one or more pairs of lenses 5×8 camera box plus lens 11×14 camera box plus lenses dark tent 2 tripods 10 lbs. Collodion 36oz. Silver nitrate 2 quarts alcohol 10 lbs Iron sulfate (developer) package of filters 1.5 lbs. Potassium cyanide (fixer) 3 …

A Thank You Note

Last week the Rasmuson Foundation flew me from Barrow to Anchorage, put me up in the swankiest hotel in the state, and paid for my meals all so I could attend an awards ceremony: the 2014 Individual Artist Awards. I received a project award of $7,500 to upgrade my equipment and advance my career as an art photographer. So while I was waking up in my super amazing hotel room bed and ordering room service (something I’d normally never dream of doing), I felt a number of things. The first was physical. I hadn’t woken up without my back hurting …

T is for Tuttu

With the return of the sun, it seems like life is starting to wake up again in the arctic. Maybe this is just my perception after holing up in the house during the two months of darkness, but people are out hunting and (to me) anyway it seems that spirits have lifted as each day brings more light and with it beautiful colors. It’s almost like the new year in the arctic should begin on the first day the sun comes up. We’ve also been blessed with some warm weather, which has made getting outside and enjoying it that much …

Planned Spontaneity

I recently photographed a wedding. As an art photographer who rarely photographs people, this took me out of my usual comfort zone for sure. While going through the work of editing the photos and putting them up on this site (an all-consuming pastime lately), I asked a friend to look at them to tell me what she thought and see if everything on the website was easy to find and worked properly. As expected, she loved them but she had one critique, “This is far too serious for me. It looks like planned spontaneity.” My first reaction was… well, that’s …