Along the Macdonald

13.5″ × 12″, oil on linen (2010) Quttinirpaaq National Park, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

From the INTO THE ARCTIC Project

At the end of my month on Ellesmere, I pitched my tent in front of this view. As the evening light was lacklustre, I climbed into my sleeping bag and set the alarm for an hour to see how it would change in this land of 24-hour daylight. Waking up, I found little improvement, and reset my alarm again, and again. We woke up half a dozen times until, at 10 a.m., the light was finally just right. My brother and I dragged our groggy bodies onto the tundra and got to work.

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