Photographer's Note

This is a shot of an Inukshuk.

Inukshuks are stones piled in a representation of a person. They are traditional landmarks created in the Arctic where there are no trees and few distinguishing features of the land to use for reference when travelling. They usually symbolize messages of welcome that mean “Welcome, you have been here before and you are on the right track.”

To take this photo, I had to climb a small mountain. It was a two hour hike to the top, but once I got there, it was really worth it. This inukshuk was built by native people and is in the highest point for hundreds of square kilometres. This sub-artic region has almost no montains and has limited vegetation. There is snow 10 months out of the year on this montain and is located in an area that has less than 2000 people living in 50 000 square kilometres(that is bigger than some contries!!!). There was an incredible feeling beeing up there alone with this landmark overlooking the horizon.

The whole structure is over ten feet high. It is said that this one has been there for more than a hundred years. I also took some color shots, but I think that the use of B&W here is more appropriate.

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