2013 was incredible to say the least. Now I look ahead at what I want to accomplish in 2014 and I don't know how it all will happen, but I will continue pressing forward doing everything I can. In a previous post I talked about a new national park project I have in the works and I'd like to tell you a little about it.
The trip will be to one of the most remote national parks in the country, Lake Clark National Park. It is a park bigger than the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The park is home to three mountain ranges, two volcanoes, tundra, and coastal regions. There are no roads in and you have to reach the park by bush plane. It is part of the world's largest sockeye salmon run and has an incredible variety of wildlife.
Why Lake Clark National Park?
Aren't there closer and more accessible parks with beautiful terrain and wildlife? Of course there are. Lake Clark is facing a very large problem. The proposed Pebble Mine would be virtually right next to the park. This mine would become the largest open pit mine in North America. The permanent tailing ponds would be enormous, not to mention the pit itself. Lake Clark contains one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world. There is little doubt that pollutants and contaminants from the Pebble Mine would harm the local ecosystems. I want to tell the park's story. High quality media will help people care about protecting the park.
As I have been researching this trip, I realize hardly anyone knows this place exists and there is very little high quality media from it. The story of Lake Clark National Park as a whole needs to be told.
What will I do?
I am going to backpack through the park with light weight gear I am designing so I can capture a variety of media while being able to cover a large area. My team will be shooting stills, video, timelapses, getting underwater footage, as well as aerial media. By capturing this wide variety of media we will be able to bring Lake Clark National Park to the viewers and create an immersive experience.
I don't know how exactly I will be able to accomplish this expedition. Chartered flights on float planes into the park are incredibly expensive. I'm in the process of applying for as many photography grants as I can find. If you know of anyone that would be interested in supporting this project please contact me. I feel like this is a story that needs to be told.
I don't know what exactly will happen this year, but I know great things are in store, much like the beauty of a sunrise precedes the events of an incredible day.