Acacia Johnson

Location: Charlottesville, VA
Nationality: USA
Biography: Acacia Johnson is a photographer, artist and writer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to the earth's Polar Regions. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia was the recipient a Fulbright grant in Canada to pursue a... read on
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Credits: acacia johnson
Updated: 06/21/16
Location: Iceland


Polaris is an exploration of otherworldly occurrences in the wilderness of the Far North. Traversing remote landscapes in Alaska and Iceland by foot, alone or with my family, I seek moments that seem to fall away from reality around the edges, into another realm. Alone on these journeys, I contemplate how the dynamic contrasts and fleeting elements of the Far North impart a heightened sense of being alive, and reflect upon the peculiar combination of wonder, fear, and respect that the landscape invokes. Polaris, the North Star, functions as a metaphor for the constancy of magic that I perceive in an environment that is otherwise in constant flux.

This series was photographed in Iceland and Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2013, with a large-format view camera and color film. The project was made possible by the generosity of the TC Colley Student Scholarship Award at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

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