November 19th, 2010
The selects have been out for a little while, but it took me some time to go through all the work and pick the ones I like. Some are journalistic, some represent an important story, some are oddly creative, and some just look beautiful. All are worth scrolling through to the end to read each project’s summary.
Last year I was selected as one of the 2009 Critical Mass Top 50, for my series on the Inupiat in the town of Kivalina, Alaska. One image from that series, the whaling boat, was kind of happenstance. I walked to the edge of the ice, stood by that lone boat beneath a moody sky and began making frames. I centered the boat and leveled the horizon, until it felt “good.” A few minutes later, the hunters moved their second boat to the water’s edge, disrupting the frame.
I am a self-taught photographer with no formal training, and I tend toward the literal and the journalistic…as is my line of work. When I make a photograph, I’ll think about what I see in the viewfinder, but I’m usually just going off what “feels” good.
It’s with that caveat that I present my recommended image sets from this year’s Critical Mass Top 50. The images just “felt good.”
Click through the jump for links to my selects.
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