These images were taken in Bethel, Alaska in June of 2014. The village is a regional center and has a population 6,400. The village is the main port on the Kuskokwim River. The area is the homeland of the central Yup’ik Nation that is comprised of 56 villages. The homes in Bethel are a mix of old and new houses. The area has a very high cost of living with gas costing $7.00 a gallon; the same price as a gallon of milk.
Many Alaska Native families survive on subsistence food. One family I know harvests 80% of its food by hunting, fishing and gathering. The family hunt for walruses, seals, caribou, whales, geese, ducks, swans and cranes. Eggs are harvested in the spring, salmon and halibut are caught in the summer and berries and edible plants are gathered in the fall.
I used a mid-weight traveling tripod with my Nikon 24-120mm f/4 zoom lens to take the photos of homes. A wireless remote was used to engage the shutter. I use the mirror-locked-up control to reduce camera vibration. I always strive for sharp images.
Images copyrighted by bartz englishoe