The days are long in Juneau this time of year, and there are long spans of beautiful light as the sun slowly sets over the mountains. Juneau underwater photographer and local camera shop owner Art Sutch, just reeled in his first King Salmon of the season and was kind enough to invite me over to his home along with Flip and Linda Nicklin to partake in the feast. I, along with the other guests did our level best to assure there was very little left of the 25lbs of fish by the time we finished eating. As we were saying our goodbyes the golden light falling on the conifers next to his house caught my eye. A visual feast as simple and delightful as the King Salmon happily digesting in my belly.
While a student at Brooks Institute of Photography, one of the highest complements that I could receive from one of the upper division professors in regards to my prints was “your image doesn’t suck”. The statement was of course, tongue in cheek — and always made me glow with pride when I heard it. In the same vein, I’m happy to announce that it is official – Alaska does not suck. After arriving here earlier this week to teach a photographic workshop with friend Flip Nicklin, my initial impression of Juneau wants to categorize it as a hybrid between Switzerland, with its vast peaks towering over crystalline lakes, and the east side of the damp Cascade Mountains in Oregon. Throw in bald eagles plentiful enough to almost be considered pests, humpback whales languidly growing fat on plentiful krill and a number of yet to be see grizzly bears, (or in the parlance of Juneau speak “Brown Bears”) and you begin to get the picture. Over and out from this nomad for now from Juneau.