1. Daylight. How much do you have? How are you handling the darkness?
When we first got here the sun rose after 10 and set before 4. Now it rises a bit before ten and sets closer to 5. I have a really hard time waking up before 8 am and am learning to be gentle with myself and catch up on all the sleep i’m sure i’m going to miss this summer when it’s light all the time. I also have twinkle lights strung up all over and light candles and use the dark hours as time to catch up on reading and knitting.
2. Have you seen a bear?
Not yet! (Thank goodness) But Ella can definitely smell them.
3. What is life in Alaska like? How are you surviving being so far away?
We live on the island of Kodiak, a really big island that only has roads that run around one corner of it. The mountains are dramatic and there is plenty of hiking and trail systems, but few of them are well marked. The majority of people on the island are either in the Coast Guard or are fishermen. Mail takes a long time to get here and often won’t get delivered for several days in a row when the weather is bad. We are four hours behind the east coast which makes trying to keep up with friends and family a challenge but thankful for internet and snail mail.
4. What are you doing for work?
I am still freelance shooting for many of the same outdoor brands with a stunning new backdrop and hoping to get involved more with the Kodiak Arts Council and perhaps teach some classes this summer.
5. How are you staying motivated in your photography and writing? How do you keep your work fresh?
I’ve been here a month and no two days look exactly the same. I’ve hiked the same mountain four times and depending on the weather its appearance is dramatically different. I find movement really helpful for keeping my creativity flowing and am really lucky my job allows me to travel a lot to keep things fresh. I also am striving to create for myself this season in addition to for my clients. 2017 was really busy and i’m proud of the work i produced but I definitely lagged in the personal passion project department.