I know that for many people, 2016 has been full of loss and disappointment. I have also felt frustrated, discouraged and saddened by the passing of many wonderful individuals and by the constant news of the destruction and suffering of so many innocent people, wild creatures and wild places.
However, my despair has been lessened by the amazing support everyone has had for my Alaska Range book.
Beginning with the mind blowing Bear Tooth book launch party, which was sold out and had over 400 people in attendance. Even my best friend and frequent mountain companion Sy, couldn’t get in to the party!
Since that event, the book has been selling like crazy. Anchorage has been sold out for weeks. I have had trouble keeping it in stock myself. At one point, the book was #33,000 on Amazon. Doesn’t sound too great? But that was out of over 8,000,000 books available! Not too bad for a photo book of the Alaska Range. Speaking of Amazon, if you have time to write a review on their site, please do!
There is plenty of Alaska Range goodness scheduled for next year. Big features in publications like Mountain magazine, Sierra and Escapism (UK). My solo exhibit at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, in Golden, Colorado begins in September and I will be there to give a presentation. Some of the Alaska Range prints will be in the National Parks a of Alaska and Hawaii exhibit at the G2 Gallery in Santa Monica. Of course, my eyes are set on 2017 Banff Book Festival!
The 4th annual Denali Wilderness Photography Workshop will take place in June. This is the one and only back-country photography workshop-tour in Denali. So if you want to get away from the crowds and buses, come join me the wilderness! I will also be doing my usual courses at the Anchorage Museum, with some new classes coming, including one in January.
The most common question I have been getting is, What’s Next? That is a tough question. I have been doing more assignment work, both as a writer and photographer. I am also looking at doing more teaching. I have trips to Cuba and Africa coming up in 2017.
My primary website www.photographalaska.com has been revamped and a new blog is in the works (which will be linked to that site).
I know, that doesn’t answer the question. I do have some new projects boiling up, but your just going to have to be patient!
Thanks again for all your support. Wishing everyone a kind and compassionate new year!
Carl. Thanks for this latest. Happy New Year to both of you. I have been somewhat encouraged by the actions of Pres. Obama in setting two tracts of land national monuments here in his last days in office. So it occurred to me that if enough people from Alaska would send a unified urgent appeal that he might do the same for the Bristol Bay area. Just a thought but worth pursuing if many are on board in a unified effort.