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Fog blankets the valleys of the Brooks Range in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ⛰ From my series ‘Polaris’, 2013. ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ I’ve been getting a number of emails recently asking if I make prints of my work, and the answer is yes! A huge print of this image has recently found a home in the world thanks to @ninedotarts in Colorado. Several of my projects are available as limited-edition, museum-quality prints (like this one), while some others can be printed in open editions. If you are interested in a print of a specific image, please inquire directly. ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ In the meantime, folks, enjoy the onset of winter. In some places, this is the most magical time of year ❄️

12 days ago 0
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Carrying her baby in a pouch on her back, Susan Enoogoo waits at the breathing hole of a ringed seal on the sea ice near Arctic Bay, Nunavut. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ In light of Thanksgiving this week, I've had the pleasure of contributing photos to an @npr story about Inuit food sharing, subsistence hunting, and traditional Arctic foods in Nunavut. Check it out to learn about the importance of "country foods" and the challenges of high food prices in Nunavut. Big thanks to @bdcruz and @isabellamariags for bringing this to life. Link in bio! ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #nunavut #arctic #canadianarctic #inuit #arcticfoods #foodsecurity #north #farnorth #countryfood #polar #baffinisland #arcticbay

18 days ago 0
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Sleepless orbits, fresh snow 🌘

18 days ago 0
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It’s that time of year again - the start of the Antarctic summer, when a great many of my beloved friends are headed south for the winter. For the first time in five years, I won’t be joining them - I’m writing stories instead, but I’m there in spirit, and look forward to the day when I will return. For now, here’s an image from my first-ever assignment for @natgeo - words cannot express how elated I was! - documenting the remarkable densities of wildlife that thrive on Deception Island, an active volcanic caldera in Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands 🇦🇶 Shoutout to @mallorybenedict who made this first magical assignment happen! #antarctica #penguins #chinstrappenguins #deceptionisland #volcano #polar #adventure #animals #wildlife #expedition #acaciajohnson

1 months ago 0
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Tide pool, Norway, 2015 🌑 More from that mysterious time in the coastal North, where the sun had set for the winter yet it still hadn’t snowed, and the world gloamed with the subtlest nuances of light. Places I dream of returning to. #northernnorway #arctic #darkseason #nordic #nordicnoir #lofotenislands

2 months ago 0
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Myth-making, dark season 🌘 Northern Norway, 2015. Projects I still think about, often. 🌌 in-camera. #nordic #lofoten #magic #celestial #mythology #arctic #north #northernnorway #acaciajohnson

2 months ago 0
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No Looking Back // The Way Forward. This a photo of my dear friend @terranatasha and I on midsummer’s eve in Sweden this year, which more symbolically, marked the greater eve of new chapters in both of our lives. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Two months ago, I moved to Virginia to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a writer. I have begun a two-year MFA program, immersed in a wild new world of reading and writing full-time. It’s quite a contrast to adventures in polar wilderness, but an unbelievable gift from the universe to be given such time to pursue this. I don’t know if I will be a good writer, but I know that the act of writing is an engagement with one of the most compelling mysteries I’ve known. Where do the words come from, when they are given the time to flow forth? How will the stories unfold? ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Off we go to find out. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ #weather #storm #midsummer #midsommar #sweden #friendship #intotheunknown #windy #writinglife #writing #acaciajohnson

2 months ago 0
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Not the Photograph You Asked For // The Photograph That Is. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ This is one of the first images I ever took of sea ice, as it emerged from the fog near Resolute in the Canadian Arctic. The black cloud is pollution from the ship I traveled on. Although unsettling, I find it impossible to ignore and important to acknowledge. What are we doing when we travel to the remote corners of the earth? What are we doing here; what is our impact; how can we ensure that as we explore the planet, as we meet people different from us, we are doing more good than harm? These are questions worth asking. Worth working through. I will keep the photo in its folder on my desktop, where I’ve kept it for the past five years. I will keep asking the questions. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #arctic #seaice #pollution #acaciajohnson #canadianarctic #polar

2 months ago 0
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Sea ice tan lines. Marie, Darcy and Owen. Large-format portraits featured in this month’s Arctic issue of @natgeo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ I used to be terrified of asking to make peoples’ portraits, but I also think this fear is partially what draws me to it. It still feels like a mysterious and collaborative process, especially with a 4x5 camera; a tremendous responsibility to freeze that fragment of time, place, everything - exactly the way it appears. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ Yet when I get negatives like these developed, they feel tinged with something like magic. I think of a passage from Roland Barthes’ ‘Camera Lucida’, 1980: ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ “And if photography belonged to a world with some residual sensitivity to myth, we should exult over the richness of the symbol: the loved body is immortalized by the mediation of a precious metal, silver (monument and luxury); to which we might add the notion that this metal, like all the metals of Alchemy, is alive.”⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #4x5 #portraits #natgeo #nunavut #canada #baffinisland #canadianarctic #kodakportra #shootfilm #analog #largeformat #arctic #polar #inuit #kodak #natgeo #acaciajohnson

3 months ago 0
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The skin of a ringed seal is cleaned on the sea ice near Arctic Bay, Nunavut. Did you know that raw seal meat is high in vitamins A, D, B and C? This is one of the most important foods that Arctic peoples have relied on for millennia - not to mention a key source of skins for clothing. Some of the most beautiful adventures I’ve had in the Canadian Arctic have been accompanying Inuit hunters out on the sea ice, observing their quiet and immensely patient search for these animals. This was taken on my last day in Arctic Bay last year, shortly before I left to go to the airport. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ This is one of the images featured in the September issue of @natgeo! Check it out in print or see the link in my bio. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #sealskin #nunavut #arcticcanada #baffinisland #canadianarctic #arctic #inuit #countryfood #largeformat #4x5 #shootfilm @insidenatgeo #acaciajohnson

4 months ago 0
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Yesterday I picked up the September issue of @natgeo, a special issue on the Arctic. I’m honored and still somewhat amazed to have my first print feature in this issue, a selection from my project Sea Ice Stories. It’s about Inuit families on north Baffin Island who use camping trips as a way to pass on traditional knowledge, using sea ice as a platform for travel, drinking water, and hunting. In short, sea ice is culturally important to tens of thousands of people living in the Arctic today, and for more reasons than just these. The images are but a few fleeting moments that I was privileged to witness. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ This project probably started subconsciously in 2015 when I shared earlier work from Baffin Island with @kimhubbard at a @visura.co workshop, who told me I should go back. So began three years of planning, dreaming, and tons of fundraising before I eventually returned to Arctic Bay last year, thanks to the support of many friends and sponsors, especially @quarkexpeditions. But really, it’s all the people in Arctic Bay who shared their lives with me who deserve the most thanks. It was an honor to be let into that world; I hope I never forget the things that I learned. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Finally, a joyous thanks to @mallorybenedict, who brought the story edit to life; @ninasabina24, who helped me with the text; and @roseleen for her support. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourselves and see incredible and important articles by @katieorlinsky, @craigwelch, @estherhorvath, @jenniferkingsley, @louiepalu and many others. So, so happy. Thanks universe!

4 months ago 0
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Last year, I was fortunate to spend two months in Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), Nunavut - a long-term dream since my first winter there in 2014-15. Thanks to the kindness of many Inuit friends, I was able to tag along on camping trips on the land last spring, photographing for a project I was calling Sea Ice Stories. Today, a selection of those images is featured online on @natgeo (link in bio) - and check out the print issue in September! ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ I am deeply grateful to all the people in Arctic Bay who welcomed me into their lives last spring and shared their knowledge, stories, tents, country food... you name it. It was an adventure of a lifetime and I hope to return one day. I'd also like to thank the 30-some people who helped support me getting there in the first place, my biggest sponsor @quarkexpeditions, and the talented @mallorybenedict and @ninasabina24 for making this article a reality. Such a dream - but the real dream, of course, is out there on the ice and on the land. #baffinisland #nunavut #inuit #arcticbay #ikpiarjuk #photofeature #dreams #arcticcanada #canadianarctic #seaicestories #seaice #indigenousculture #newprojecf #arctic #polar #culture #4x5 #largeformat #acaciajohnson

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