6 PM, October 24, 2011. Environmental Advocates and South Addition neighbors, Dennis Gann and Valerie Connor with their dog Cricket, stopped for their portrait while walking home on a damp blistery day, Delaney Park Strip, Anchorage
12 PM, October 23, 2011. My neighbor, Erlee, just had her braces removed and wanted a new high school senior portrait with a full smile.
10 AM, October 22, 2011. A delegate listens to a presentation at the AFN Annual Convention, Dena’ina Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska
9 PM, October 21, 2011. Angela Young of the Kuukpikmiut Dancers at the Quyana Alaksa dance celebration, AFN Annual Convention, Dena’ina Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska
10 AM, October 20, 2011. Four year old, Camille Mazuruk of Kivalina, at the AFN Annual Convention, Dena’ina Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska
8 PM, October 19, 2011. A young member of the Nunamsuat Dancers at Quyana Alaksa dance celebration, Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention, Dena’ina Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska
5 PM, October 18, 2011. Graphic Designer, David Freeman, in his office, South Addition Neighborhood, Anchorage
6:30 PM, October 17, 2011. Construction workers, Corey Stern and his cousin, Tristan Slats, Town Square, downtown Anchorage, Alaska
7 PM, October 16, 2011. Connecticut resident, Cheryl Disabella, at Elderberry Park during a visit to Anchorage.
10 PM, October 15, 2011. Yup’ik and Inupiat artist and mask carver, Drew Michael, photographed at a birthday party for Liz Elrod and Holly Furman. To view other guests, go to: www.atalaska.com/guests
6:30 PM, October 14, 2011. Seven year old, S’vana Wagner, tests out the brand new climbing equipment at Margaret Sullivan Park near Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage
Members of Anchorage’s homeless community have a particularly difficult life. Alaska’s long, dark, and bitterly cold winters are challenging enough without the added hardship of doing without basic shelter.
With the blessings of Bean’s Cafe, a private facility that supplies shelter and meals to those in need, I began volunteering my time creating portraits of members of Anchorage’s homeless community. Over the past two years, I have produced over 450 portraits and have supplied prints to each of the participants.
The following portraits are a sample of the images produced to date. I hope you find these insightful. I hope, too, that you will make a contribution of time or cash to organizations in your community that help to feed, cloth, and shelter the homeless. Even more important, I hope that the next time you pass a homeless person you will consider him or her as a unique individual worthy of your thoughts and your prayers.
12 PM, October 13, 2011. Julie Decker, Chief Curator/Exhibit Administrator, photographed during a meeting at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
2 PM, October 12, 2011. Anthropologist and artist, Doug Gibson, Anchorage, Alaska
7 PM, October 11, 2011. Thierry Landeau and his six year old son, Julien, at Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage.
7 PM, October 10, 2011. Eleven year old, Eliot Pearce, rakes leaves with his mother, Elizabeth Manning, at the home of Niel Thomas and Hermain Baker, near Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage
6 PM, October 10, 2011. Sarah Case with her rescue dog, Charles, Valley of the Moon Park, Anchorage.
4 PM, October 9, 2011. Student artist, Chad Meyer, sketches details of a Mastodon skull at the Anchorage Museum.
5 PM, October 8, 2011. French exchange student, Thomas Meric, earns money for his spring trip to California by raking leaves in the neighborhood.
Focus! That was the single word I remember most as a student back at Madison Elementary School in Wyandotte, Michigan. My teachers had a difficult time keeping me in the moment as my eyes tracked the clouds drifting outside the window.
It seems ironic that my photography would eventually place so much importance on focus. I have never much liked to see things perfectly clear. Instead, I prefer images with only one thing, or a small part of one thing, selectively in focus,- leaving the rest of the image soft, dreamy and full of ambiguity.
For the last three years I have been working hard to outsmart my highly technical architectural lenses and to use them not as they were intended. I have been using them instead to creatively limit the focus to one small point within the photograph. Recently, and with some success, I have begun to apply my “funny lenses” to business applications. My clients have found them to be perfect for both print and electronic use. Contact me to find out how we can focus your clients as well.
10 AM, October 7, 2011. Bill Zimmer, Anchorage
2:30 PM, October 6, 2011. ATIA Director of Travel Trade & International Marketing, Jillian Simpson, presents International Travel to Alaska data at the annual conference, Juneau, Alaska.
10 PM, October 5, 2011. Bob and Yael Kaufman celebrate at the Red Dog Saloon during Community Night at the ATIA Conference, Juneau.
9 PM, October 4, 2011. Alaska Tourism Industry Association delegate, Eric Schultz, as Dr. Einstein at the ATIA annual convention in Juneau, Alaska
12 PM, October 3, 2011. First year UAA student, Shaylee King, Anchorage.