India is a land of contrasts, colors, chaos and many surprises. Even though I visited only a tiny fraction of this tremendous landscape, its deep impact will never fade. It is an honor and pleasure to share my experiences on this photographic journey with others.
This body of work is a collection of images created using my iPhone during a designated iPhone photography workshop in India led by instructor Karen Devine in early 2016. During this workshop, participants were instructed and encouraged to exclusively use their iPhone cameras but also to enhance the plain images and create photo composites by using a wide range of apps designed for the smartphone photographer.
The tools used to create these images, however, should by no means distract from the incredible richness and beauty witnessed firsthand in this workshop. In fact, for this presentation, I primarily chose to use plain images with basic enhancements to certain photos, without changing the content.
Photography is more than just my hobby; I chose it because it perfectly intertwines my interests in the scientific and artistic worlds. Simplicity, human elements, shapes and patterns are consistent themes in my images. I intentionally focus on every day objects in an effort to present them in a new light, and instinctively search for the abstract in concrete and otherwise ordinary images
MENADELOOK showcases nearly one hundred photographs taken by an Inupiat photographer, Charles Menadelook, that documents life in Wales, in the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia, in the early twentieth century. Photographs of Inupiat life in this period are rare, and photographs taken by an indigenous person are nearly nonexistent. These photographs provide a unique view into the Inupiat world during the early decades of the last century and give both a pictorial and Native perspective on Inupiat traditions and historical events.
Charles Menadelook, an Inupiat, was born in Wales, Alaska, in 1892. One of the first Alaskan Natives to become a teacher, he taught in Diomede, Shishmaref, Shaktoolik, Kotzebue, Noatak, Sinuk, Nome, Gambell, and Unalaska. Menadelook’s photographs are a historical treasure of a changing like for the Northwest Inupiat’ – written by Rosita Wohl
The lecture and book edited by Menadelook’s granddaughter Eileen Norbert, who first started collecting these photographs in the 1980’s as a senior in anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Norbert realized the value of this historic collection meticulously researching and recording the stories behind the photographs. When Eileen Norbert retired she devoted her time to restoring Charles Menadelook’s photographs, editing, and with the help of Rosita Wohl published the book titled MENADELOOK that documents Inupiat life from their own perspective.
Anchorage Daily News photojournalist Loren Holmes will share photos and stories highlighting the unique perspective of aerial photography, and will discuss the way drones have revolutionized the practice.
Loren has covered the Iditarod five times in a bush plane, and in 2018 he brought along a drone, exploring the iconic race from a new angle.
Join us for our November photo Tuesday as Young Kim (@TheYoungKimosabe ) takes us through “The things that shape us”
Young describes his work as photography that explores how an environment and circumstance can shape an individual’s growth and development.
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This event will be rescheduled once we have direction from the Anchorage Museum on their closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Join us for our March Photo Tuesday discussion with Tom Turner, The Color of Memory: A Dialectic of Perception and Memory.
This talk will discuss how Tom works with the landscape and how it relates to time and the medium of photography.
Join us for our April Photo Tuesday discussion with Joe Yelverton as he takes us through STATE OF CHANGE, a narrative that captures the stories of scientists and residents of the Arctic, a reflection on the human condition and the changing landscape.
After many hours of interviews and thousands of miles of travel on foot, car, bush plane, helicopter, and commercial jet, Yelverton stopped collecting information and started synthesizing an emerging narrative—not one of doom and gloom that’s perpetuated by the media, but a story revealing the human side of change we face.
Our relationship with the natural world is as much a metaphor for our struggle to relate with one another.