Like a raven on an updraft, Leighan Falley soars above the glaciers and peaks of the Alaska Range with her daughter Skye strapped into the backseat of her de Havilland Beaver. Born of a desire to see more of the dramatic landscape and a need to supplement her career as a mountain guide, Falley now works as a commercial pilot in Talkeetna, Alaska. She comes from a long line of aviators and finds inspiration working with other women in the high alpine. Denali’s Raven is a glimpse into the life of an Alaskan pilot, skier, alpinist and mother.
In the Canadian Arctic, in the remote community of Kuujjuaq, a young father and mother are raising their irnik (son) with an emphasis on shared adventures, connection to the land, the heritage of dog sledding, learning from the environment and experiencing all that is the Far North — the dark rawness of the winter, the thaws of springtime, the seal soup of summer and the caribou hunting of the fall. My Irnik is about familial lines, ancestral culture, the generational transference of knowledge and the individual’s path to seek his or her own dreamscapes.
“You’re not investing in a bike; you’re investing in a relationship.” So says Gregory Crichlow, the bow-tied owner of Chocolate Spokes, a Denver bike shop he opened in 2011. Making a relationship with neighborhood residents is something that gives Gregory pride. “As soon as you get a bike…your boundary expands a little bit because you can go farther.” From fixing a tire to building custom bikes, Crichlow has helped make Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and his shop go beyond what anyone thought possible.
Keith Malloy’s lyrical ode to the ocean is comprised of portraits of six people who virtually live in, on or beneath the water. Some are endurance and extreme athletes, like deep sea free diver and spear fisher Kimi Werner and big wave surfer Matahi Drollet. Others, like marine photographer Ray Collins and social worker Eddie Donnellan, are devoted to introducing people to the transformative power of the sea. All have found their purpose in the water.