Shaun, airstrip, Coldfoot 2009
The above photo is of Shaun, a videographer for the film. I met him, and a coworker, at the strip at Coyote Air in Coldfoot, back in 2009. They had come down off the slope to reload gear, and head back North of the Brooks Range to film the migrating Porcupine Caribou Herd. The canisters he is holding are loaded with IMAX film. Shortly before I made this image he was detailing their system for reloading film on a ridge above the herd - 30 seconds door to door. The whole job sounded so romantic and exciting. I’ve only seen that country from the air one other time, on an Alaska Airlines flight. I got a glimpse of their plane once, from the road, two days later on the slope. I had forgotten about this day - anxious to see the film.
You can view a preview here (the polar bear footage is amazing).