Yael (now my wife) was living in the West Village, two miles from the Twin Towers, when 9/11 happened. I was in Anchorage that day. The moment US airspace reopened, I made my way back to New York. 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 later came to understand that people yearned for a more personal connection to that tragic event, something deeper than what they got from the news.

My experience at Ground Zero provided that. Over the ensuing months, I would receive thousands of emails from complete strangers and dozens of photo requests (all of which I honored). Some of those emails brought me to tears—a window into the heart and goodness of humanity.

The Powerpoint I shared

My email that accompanied it

Emails I received from complete strangers

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May 9, 2019

Strandline Lake In Winter

Within an hour flight of Anchorage lie two of the largest ice-dammed lakes in the world. In an age of thinning glacial ice, these rare natural spectacles could vanish at any time. I make it a point to photograph them both summer and winter.

Apr 5, 2019

Aerial Photography Among Alaska’s High Peaks

In this post and short video, I describe the challenge of aerial photography from a helicopter in one of the world’s most demanding aviation environments: an unforgiving otherworld of rock and ice nearly three miles into the earth’s atmosphere above Alaska.

Apr 10, 2019

Wind Painting on the Susitna Duck Flats

I experiment with a new technique called timelapse stacking–and come back quite pleased with the results.

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