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Old March 16th, 2007, 03:17 PM
David J. Eves David J. Eves is offline
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Default High in the Arctic !! Eskimo....!

I was faced with the ultimate challenge.. Develop 60 rolls of color film, in the arctic, w/ no running water. My only source of water was to melt snow, and it took me over six months!

25 years later, these 6 x 7 negatives are still in pristine condition & flawless!

I live in a tiny whaling village of 750 Inupiat/Inupaq Eskimo's. The lifestyle / culture revolves around the Bowhead whale.

This is our way of life. We live out on the ocean ice pack for two months. We sleep outside @ temps of - minus 40 below or colder with no tents!

Point Hope Alaska is the oldest continually inhabited settlement or village in all of North America
life can accurately be traced back to this one spot for many thousands of years.

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Old March 16th, 2007, 04:14 PM
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I live in a tiny whaling village of 750 Inupiat/Inupaq Eskimo's. The lifestyle / culture revolves around the Bowhead whale.

This is our way of life. We live out on the ocean ice pack for two months. We sleep outside @ temps of - minus 40 below or colder with no tents!

Point Hope Alaska is the oldest continually inhabited settlement or village in all of North America
life can accurately be traced back to this one spot for many thousands of years.
Hi Dave, welcome.

You seem to be in a fascinating position to eternalize the culture and daily life in documentary images from within. I know it is not always easy to create enough mental distance to recognize how special and culturally different the day to day activities are, but maybe you can manage it.

Again, fascinating. Hope to see more images soon.

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Old March 16th, 2007, 05:14 PM
David J. Eves David J. Eves is offline
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Default I Arrived In Point Hope 1981

One of the very first images I captured or created is this.

Daisy Della Fay Koonuk Age 3

Mamiya Rb 6 x 7

90mm lens (normal)

VPS 100 ASA / ISO

125/f5.6

Cloudy overcast day.. standing at the airport in point hope. Her grandfather's mitten was visible on her left side, and on the right side was the portion of a 3 wheel atv honda.

The horizon line was too distracting, United Bank of Alaska in 1983 offered me 100k for the complete rights to this image. Under the advice of Prestige Gallery in Peabody Mass. I was advised to decline the offer and I am so thrilled that I took their advice.

Many times each week as tourists would pass by our gallery in Anchorage, A person could be over heard and seen pointing to this image and saying .. "that was my daughter when she was young"

which of course wasn't true!

Oh yes. I forgot.. here she is !




I was sent to this village in 1981 just to wire two construction camps. A three week job, which when finished, I quit the company and stayed! I am still here at this present moment!





Point Hope Alaska!
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Old March 16th, 2007, 05:28 PM
David J. Eves David J. Eves is offline
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Default Well when I first arrived

.. and my eyes starting to see this incredibly different world that is as a different planet. nothing of your world applies up here. and very little if any of our world applies where you live.

But once I experienced this:

there was just no turning back..



That was more than 25 years ago !

I am still here! I have stories you will never ever believe

I have photos to prove and illustrate, and amaze you!

Sit back, relax, and from the warmth of your own home, come live...

the eskimo way. to "go shopping for food"

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Old March 16th, 2007, 07:22 PM
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All I can say is WOW! Nice images, and what a lifestyle choice. I doubt many would have the courage to follow their passion is such a manner.

I look forward to seeing more of your pictures and hearing more about the challenges of shooting in such a hostile environment.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 07:42 PM
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Nice work.

There is another photog living in Kotzebue, AK, James Mason, who made a similar move. He used to post over at dpr as Zidar.

It must be some allure in that part of the world to have taken you to a very different way of life.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 07:48 PM
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constantly working with frozen film, was a first for me, and I wasted no time in processing.

many many times, frozen film, right into the soup, to begin the C-41 process. It is only because I have had 12 years working with Kodak Chemistry and the C-41 process was no challenge for me, the only challenge was where to get the water to process the film. snow!

When the clean snow was melted is was filthy, soot, cairbou hairs from who knows where, and that yellowish tinge? oh my.. I had to filter the water through towels, then get the temp correct.



These girls have been playing outside for days and days. The tents are for the women to do the cooking to provide the hot meals to the hunters at the edge of the ice.



The lead is opening and that ice on the other side of the lead is moving left to right and if you watch it, long enough, that ice will stop, and you will begin to go in the other direction! It is very easy to hallucinate out here on the ocean ice. Do not watch moving ice. It will mess with your mind and vision. I learned this the hard way many times, falling over when the other ice would stop and I would go in the opposite direction and get so confused that I could not stand up, I made these people laugh constantly.. dumb city boy from Boston!
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Old January 26th, 2009, 01:25 PM
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David, sorry I am a little late in offering my thanks to you for bringing this amazing lifestyle to our attention.

I can only gaze and imagine in awe, and the greatest of admiration, at the brave community of
which you are now an integral part.

As a story it would be amazing..as a real life living it is salutable.

Best regards to all the brave people out there with you.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 06:03 AM
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Default CNN Article

David,

I just saw this article on some of the hardships being faced by small, remote Alaskan villages this year because of an unusually brutal and long winter and thought you might find it interesting.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/09/rur...ges/index.html
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Old February 9th, 2009, 09:40 AM
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Well that article stated that some villages have to spend 1,500 a month to heat their homes !!

$400 a week on groceries ???

Well in Barrow, heat is basiclly FREE !! In Point Hope it would cost us 60 bux to heat our house for 9 weeks !!

So these prices are not what we experience up here, but in rural southern/ west remote villages it appears to be quite different.

I know here in Barrow we spend more than $1,000 a week on food easily !!

yeah it is tough, ALL OVER the country / world with this financial crisis that is about to usher in this New World Order we have been hearing about.

We are all in for some very life changing times ! I am afraid this is going to get quite nasty before it ever gets better if it ever does.

Time will tell !!
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 02:50 AM
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Default Northern MN

I have lived in Alaska back in the 70s working on the pipeline.Im now in northern MN and Living completly off grid.Its a little more work but heating costs here can be quite high also.Just use a little planning and a lot of insulation!I have a piping system which the water is heated by the wood and circulates through the walls of the cabin.It works well in the summer to cool the cabin also.A greenhouse here is almost essential which extends my growing season almost 6 weeks.Id be more than welcome to share some advice.

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Old November 5th, 2009, 02:54 PM
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Default hope all is well with David

looks like we haven't heard from him in a while.
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Old November 5th, 2009, 03:38 PM
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I am here - finest of phine and greatest of grate !!!

Swine flu is here in Barrow - I am convinced that this h1n1 was man made on purpose !!




I have been spending lots of time in 3D Studio Max - creating - characters !!






Letting my camera 'thaw out' !!






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Old November 5th, 2009, 07:37 PM
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I am here - finest of phine and greatest of grate !!!

Swine flu is here in Barrow - I am convinced that this h1n1 was man made on purpose !!
Hi David,

There's a disadvantage in being in such a cold place. The germs can last that little bit longer! An important way of not getting infected is to keep one's fingers away from contact with door handles, faucets and anything other people with flu might touch. I doubt there are many elevators, but if there would be, use the knuckle, not the finger! Use your jacket to open a door handle to go from one room to another. Wash your hands frequently. The next thing is not be be around anyone who is sneezing! Even at 10 feet one might get infected. This germ, HiNi is pretty close to that which killed 20 million people in the Pandemics around time of World War I. It's not man made. Except that we are so close to wild birds that their bird 'flu strains mix with ours in Asia and each year, new strains spread to the rest of the world.

However, we now can make vaccines and soon the production will be enough to cover all the young susceptible folk and pregnant women.

In the meanwhile, don't miss out on a good night's sleep, over use alcohol or cigarettes as that will make the airways more vulnerable to infection.

Keep well and and the pictures coming. You are always on our minds!

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Old November 5th, 2009, 07:48 PM
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Well I avoid going out into the world !! I just stay inside the house away from people !!

That seems to be the safest option !!
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