NOAH BARKER'S ALL FROZEN ROADS LEAD NORTH AT THE SEA CLIFF LIBRARY
November 25, 2014 --The Sea Cliff Library hosted an opening reception for the exhibition All Frozen Roads Lead North, a photographic journal by Sea Cliff resident Noah Barker of his January 2009 journey in a Ford F10 to Fairbanks Alaska.
The 11 photographs, taken from inside of the cab of the truck, hundreds of miles apart along the 4,518 mile route over eight days, expose the striking contrast between the stark beauty and solitude of the desolate landscape and the intrusion of industrial development.
In one, taken in northwestern Canada, a day or two short of Fairbanks, a highway turns right, out of a snow covered plain, and into a horizon of billowing white smoke emitted from stacks concealed by a forest of tall pines. In another, a frozen refinery of some sort, appearing abandoned, is the scene, leaving only to the imagination of the viewer the natural beauty it displaced. In others, the hand of man is far more subtle - for instance, power lines far off in the distance stretching across an open snow covered field; and in only one, non-existent - the last photograph - a sunrise over Alaskan mountains.
Mr. Barker is a professional photographer and owner of Wavelight Photography.
All Frozen Roads Lead North will run through January 2015.
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