Bristol Bay: Where Water is Gold
Beginning in the summer of 2011, Carl embarked on a journey to create a comprehensive photo-essay book that explores the science, culture and history of the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The project will examine the perspectives of commercial, recreational, and subsistence users who use the Bristol Bay area for their livelihood. It will examine the science behind the hydrological connections of the area and how that contributes to the vitality of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. In such a wonderous state as Alaska, the Bristol Bay region stands out as a land of natural riches, abundance and culture unparalleled in the United States. The Mountaineers Books will publish the book for the project, which will be released in fall of 2014. Until the title of the book is determined, Carl will use this title for the project. Carl will conclude principle fieldwork for the book around August 2013, but plans to continue photographing in the area to provide ongoing content for the website dedicated to the project. The website also includes the full project proposal and budget, letters of support, and information on project partners and sponsors.
During the life of the project, Carl will be blogging and providing regular updates on the dedicated Facebook page for the project. To make a tax-deductible contribution to help in funding the project and protecting Bristol Bay, visit the project page on the Braided River website.
Gates of the Arctic: America's Wildest National Park and its People
Nestled deep in the Arctic in the heart of the Brooks Range, Alaska's northernmost mountain range, Gates of the Arctic is nine million acres of designated wilderness and America's second largest national park. In 2007, Carl served as the Artist-in-Residence for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. Since then, Carl has embarked on several trips to explore its beauty and capture the stories of those who rely on having protected wilderness, from lodge and air taxi operators to backcountry guides, trappers to Alaska Natives. The project also tells the story of those government employees who strive to protect its resources for future generations.