Acacia Johnson

Photographer
    
Origins
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Nationality: USA
Biography: Acacia Johnson is a photographer and writer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to wilderness. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia received a Fulbright grant to Canada in 2014, to overwinter on Baffin Island . Since... read on

These images are a meditation on the boreal landscape of Alaska, my childhood home. In the Far North, a place not governed by conventions of light or time, hours pass in the movement of the stars, in the rush of the sea ice adrift in the tide. Together with my family, I sought the places and occurrences that illustrate the wondrousness I perceived as a child. To me, the landscape escapes the bounds of the earth, its subtleties happening inside of us as much as they are happening outside. Through my camera, I constructed a personal mythology for my family, in which the landscape serves as a gateway to a numinous realm, and we stand, awestruck yet at home, at the border.  


This series photographed on 4x5 color film with a large format view camera. ORIGINS was my Bachelor of Fine Art Thesis project at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. 
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Alaskan Brown Bears At Risk

By Acacia Johnson — The Alaska Peninsula is home to around 10,000 wild brown bears, which thrive on the region’s pristine salmon-bearing rivers, vast untouched..
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ANTARCTICA

By Acacia Johnson — Antarctica, in popular imagination, exists nearly as a mythical place. Cold, distant, inhospitable, and separated from the rest of the world by..
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Under The Same Stars

By Acacia Johnson — Winter in the Arctic - vibrant, pulsing. The throb of club music pours from the community hall, streets alive with the roar of skidoos and the..
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Polaris

By Acacia Johnson —   Polaris  is an exploration of otherworldly occurrences in the wilderness of Alaska and Iceland. Polaris, the North Star, functions as a..
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Love, Death, and the Ocean

By Acacia Johnson — “Turning to face North, face the North, we enter our own subconscious.  Always, in retrospect, the journey North has the quality of..
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AIALIK

By Acacia Johnson —   The rain came in sheets and then in waves. It pounded our shelters and soaked into our skin. We awoke to pools of water filling our forest..
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