For over three years, I used my camera to study the montage of how modern living in remote Western Alaska is punctuated by subsistence tradition, the trappings of domestic life, industrial development, and the inevitable power of nature. The term arctic entry refers to the outer entrance commonly built onto Alaskan dwellings, a buffer zone that increases insulation and provides storage for chest freezers, perishable food, outerwear, tanned hides, and freshly caught fish or meat. The arctic entry serves as a bridge between public and private life, as one must pass by these household items to knock on the inner door. Likewise, this series provides a portal through which an intimate view of life in one of the most remote places in the United States can be witnessed.
Photogravure is a 19th century process in which film negatives are enlarged, exposed onto sensitized paper, and transferred onto a copper plate. After the image is permanently etched into the copper, highly pigmented ink is applied to the plate, hand-wiped, then printed on an intaglio printmaking press.