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Travelling North can be considered a serious challenge when one thinks of the obstacles to overcome. Getting there for one thing is costly and not always easy. The weather, the warm clothes needed, the rough ride on rugged terrain can add to the list of inconveniences. But there again, to some, these will only mark the beginning of an exciting adventure.
There is no doubt that the thrill which photography in Nunavut brings far outweighs the difficulties one can encounter. Just imagine yourself facing thousands of caribou, a muskox, or even a wolf in the wild. If you are not careful enough you could even find yourself face to face with a polar or grizzly bear.
There are, of course, other less threatening wild animals such as hares, siksiks and foxes that you might encounter. Depending on the season, a boat ride might bring you close to a pod of beluga whales or some seals coming out for a breath of fresh air. How about the thousands of shore birds, geese, cranes, hawks, falcons, owls or loons (to name only a few) that migrate through our territory?
Maybe, you prefer to stay closer to town and go for a walk to discover vestiges of the past. Visit some of the historical sites and take photos of ancient tent rings, kayak rests, abandoned food cache and graves. See the stone where the legendary Kiviuq’s mother’s foots are imprinted from standing motionless waiting for the return of her son, gone at sea. Immortalize the shaman’s rock, where one used to stand for hours on end, in search of spiritual power.
You won’t want to miss the amazing array of wild flowers. Here again, photographers may experience unusual challenge as they often find themselves crawling on their knees in the attempt to capture the blooming flora that is often elusive to those who don’t walk their nose to the ground.
At night, though, you want to look up and enjoy the beautiful northern lights that span across the arctic sky, reflecting over the bay or a small lake, the sun that never finishes setting and the sweet pastel lights it casts on the horizon for hours on end.
If you ever get tired, or if the weather is really not cooperating, you can walk the streets of Arviat, visit an elder, sip a cup of tea with new friends and photograph Inuit drum dancers, throat singers, dog teams or snowmobile races or simply people going about their daily life in a small isolated community.
One thing is for sure, photography in Nunavut is nothing like what you have previously encountered. The colors, the long spring and summer days, the magnificent and immense sky and the friendly people will all give you plenty of memories to share. Truly, the possibilities are as endless as the tundra in front of you.
Ryan & Dorothy St. John
Winnipeg Web Design