In Southeast Alaska, we look to the land and sea for everything. We raise families with nutrition we pull from our coastlines and forage from our forests. We build family businesses with our natural resources. We turn trees into homes and artwork. We feed our bellies and souls with smoked salmon. We celebrate a rich and vibrant culture and a quality of life that is rooted to our sacred backyard.
Scenes from the Southeast was a local pop-up photoshow that included a tapestry of 225 images collected from across the region that explore the beautiful details of our landscape and the people who honor it.
The show was hosted by Old Harbor Books during a monthly Art Walk in Sitka, Alaska and was sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society. The Sitka Conservation Society is a community-driven non-profit that works to protect the natural environment of the Tongass while supporting the development of sustainable communities across Southeast Alaska. We work across the region through the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, a diverse network of organizations that include tribal governments in Kake, Kasaan, Klawock, Hoonah, Yakutat and Hydaburg. Together, we are working to create self-reliant communities, healthy functioning ecosystems, and robust local economies.
Thank you to everyone involved in making this show possible, to my parents for their unexpected free labor, to Edward Peele for the beautiful surprise gift (woven bracelet pictured above) and most important of all, thank you to all who are pictured for sharing your stories, knowledge, skills and days with me. Thank you for your patience and honesty, for challenging and re-directing me. Thanks for letting me stick my camera in your face and above all, thank you for demanding I put that damn camera down, stop asking questions and learn first-hand.
Most of these photos were taken on assignment for various publishers and the associated stories can be found on my portfolio. Below are photos from the April 1st exhibition. Square photos were printed using Artifact Uprising.