This photo essay appears with permission from the Wild Sheep Foundation in its entirety and was originally published in the Winter 2013 Issue of Wild Sheep Magazine. Please become a member of the WSF and help to put and keep sheep on the mountain.
I didn’t go to school for photography. My college made it pretty hard for students outside of the major to get into classes. I did, however, jump through the bureaucratic hoops and get up at 4 a.m. one fall morning to be first in line for any open slots in the Photography 101 class. It worked, and I spent more time in the darkroom that fall than anywhere else. It was the one and only photography class I could take, so I soaked up as much information as possible. Back then you did everything yourself, digital cameras hadn’t been invented. I learned to love black and white photography… and for the first time in over a decade, I’m falling in love with it all over again.
I had another epic adventure this fall with Tavis and Rebecca Molnar of Arctic Red River Outfitters in the N.W.T.’s Mackenzie Mountains. The sheep hunting was amazing (as usual) and my friends Kiviok Hight, Bobby Warner, and I all harvested great rams. It was an especially cool experience as Kiviok harvested his first Dall’s sheep with a bow, Bobby harvested his first Dall’s sheep (also first ram) and I harvested my first ever WILD SHEEP.
After looking over the nearly 14,000 photos from the adventure, the ones shared here really jumped out at me. Not sure what it is about black and white, but those beautiful Dall’s sheep really shine in this format.