This collection was put together for a private preview to pick a set of images for a commercial project. But I've decided to make it a public part of my web page just because it is so absolutely astounding!
It has been my pleasure to photograph Aqak, his family, and his work on a regular basis over the past few years. His art is fabulous. The white on black drawings are all hand etched on Bowhead whale baleen. He also carves walrus and mammoth ivory. His work is on display here in Barrow at the Inupiat Heritage Center museum, at Joe's Museum, at the Barrow City Hall, and at the Arctic Slope Region Corporation building (and in my house too!).
Most of these images are not "production" images, but instead are edited only enough to allow selections to be made for the above mentioned project. Probably at some point in the future I'll flag which were selected, and replace the preview images with production images.
Addendum: The first 20 images below are now the production set that was picked to be included in the project.
Permission is NOT granted for use other than viewing.