Chilkoot Portraits (2014)

In 2014, I hiked and camped along the Chilkoot trail for fourteen days, from Dyea, Alaska to Bennett, British Columbia, making portraits of other backpackers with a 4”x5” view camera. Originally used as a Tlingit First Nation trade route, the Chilkoot Trail saw major traffic and development during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Like the photographs of the Stampeders who travelled this route during the Gold Rush, these backpacker portraits provide an anthropological perspective of the frontier, yet speak directly to the experience of life on the trail in the 21st Century. The Chilkoot portraits were presented alongside sound and video works in the exhibition Out Of Office at the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, a collaboration with Andreas Rutkauskas.

Greg, Canyon City  

Stephanie, Sheep Camp  

Thomas, Sheep Camp  

Amber, Tyler and Shilo, Chilkoot Pass  

Ranger Liz, Sheep Camp  

Day Runners, Chilkoot Pass  

Lynette, Kaylee and Greg, Chilkoot Pass  

Packers, Chilkoot Pass  

Connie, Happy Camp  

Jeremy, Happy Camp  

Meg, Happy Camp  

Trucker and Sons, Deep Lake  

Grandad and Pete, Deep Lake  

Zachary and Pete, Deep Lake  

Lynn, Alexandre and Lori, Linedman City  

Marie and Richard, Bare Loon Lake  

Kyle and Chloe, Bare Loon Lake  

Susan and Hudson, Bare Loon Lake  

Edna, Bennett Lake  

George and Neve, Bennett lake  

Nanny and Kid, Bennett Lake