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Two days before winter solstice, still stuck in Fairbanks–OK–it’s my own fault–as a photographer and book collector, I’ve amassed all these images on paper–a technology from the 14th century…  It’s taken quite a bit longer than I expected to break free–and the tasks haven’t been made any easier by the weather–a plunge to -47F, a 15 inch blizzard–and the general malaise brought on by the near absence of the sun…

But the light that remains is incredible–I heard a painter recently describe it as “alpenglow”–a term that Wikipedia defines as the glow on mountains to the east when lit by ice crystals high in the atmosphere after sunset–but we have ice crystals right down on the ground here, otherwise known as ice fog–and finally we have cameras capable of capturing that light in a way that feels real…

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One Comment

    • Marvin Falk
    • Posted December 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm
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    The 19th? I had no idea. You are more than frozen in Fairbanks, you must be frozen to Fairbanks. There have been some remarkable images of ice fog from the hills, but I have been too much of a wus to head out to capture them this year.


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