I do not see the world through my camera. Rather, it has led me to see the world.
In 2015, I came up with an idea to recapture and share that feeling I had when I first visited Alaska: Pair some of my favorite photographs with inspirational travel quotes, then display them publicly on our digital screens across Alaska. Meet our “Why We Travel” collection.
Somehow, I was able get into the World Trade Center site and access locations off-limits to media. I photographed what I saw. I then sent it off in a PowerPoint to a couple dozen friends. Little did I realize that file would ricochet across the world.
I continue to be intrigued with the possibility of producing an authoritative “Alaska Then & Now” book. Here, I describe what fascinates me about the hunt as well as lessons learned through years of research, trial, and error.
In the summer of 1992, I spent a week hiking and rafting solo through the Arctic to re-photograph a series of Gold Rush prints I had obtained. In a week’s time, I was able to recreate exactly zero of the original images…but I came away with something equally valuable.
Roadside signs are one of the first things you notice when you travel to a new place. They can tell you so much about a place. They called out to me in my early years in Alaska, and I often stopped to photograph them.