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Black and White
Groups: Athletes
Categories: Hunts | OPTIFADE | Sitka Athlete
Athletes: Mark Seacat
Apr 30, 2013

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.

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Awe inspiring images Mark.
Posted by Luke Johnson on Apr 30, 2013 9:51 PM
Fantastic post. Those photos made me want to be there up in the high country chasing those trophies with you. One day I will.

The depth of the your images always create dramatic and dynamic photographs. Keep up the great work Mark. I guess that Fall in the dark room really paid off...

Thanks for Inspiring me.
Posted by Blake Brinker on Apr 30, 2013 9:30 PM
I read this article when I got my magazine. I am a member and will continue to support the WSF even though I have never hunted a wild sheep. It is on the list and hopefully one day, I will. Great photos Mark and an enlightening story to follow for someone interested in photography. Desire and passion is the key to achievement!
Posted by Chad Bell on Apr 30, 2013 8:00 PM

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