Whittier, Alaska

(A) Reed Young, perhaps one of my favorite editorial photographers, is someone whom I have tried to follow on and off over the past 5 years or so. Of himself, he says: “I was never a good writer, so photography became an excuse to be a storyteller in a different way.” I cannot really tell you what fascinates me about his work, but one thing that does stand out is that he simply isn’t someone to go for the “artsy-fartsy” style so many colleagues of his have fallen for. Yes, indeed, he can do that, too, but his photo stories I have gravitated towards come from the heart.

(B) I have always had this hermit-like behavior that takes precedence ever so often in my life and, despite what other people might think, I feel good about it. I just need my time off from people, places and things on a more regular basis. Plus, which might possibly be a character trait of my generation, I can actually (still) spend time with myself without getting the least bit bored. Actually, I rather enjoy myself while living “off the grid”.

(C) The photos in “Whittier, Alaska“, a project Young embarked on in late 2012, look deceptively simple, but to my eye, they are spot on. To me it seems as if Young has a knack for the human experience in more extreme circumstances. Whittier, Alaska, is a place I would probably feel at home in, at least for a while, and I think Reed Young managed to capture what I tried to describe above more or less perfectly, warts and all.  Have a look.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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