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 …

Maclaren Summit, Denali Highway, AK

Maclaren Summit, a photo by missmerv on Flickr. Last week I took advantage of a rare opportunity to get out of Barrow and head south to the subarctic to do a photography workshop along the Denali Highway with my good friend and teacher, Hal Gage. The landscape around Barrow is so minimalist and the beauty so subtle that it was rather overwhelming to re-experience the beauty that is the Alaska Range. The flat tundra of the north slope can make one feel conspicuous and vulnerable.  Its openness is mystifying.   This landscape, though just as open, enhances feelings of anonymity …