Alaska-born photographer Acacia Johnson's Polaris depicts the northern lands of Alaska and Iceland in a series of exquisitely atmospheric photos. With a profound connection to the Far North's otherworldly terrains, Johnson–who describes her photographic process as “expeditionary in nature”–captures stunning images of untamed wilderness. Starkly beautiful, the landscape is dotted with barren mountains, icy caves, tranquil shores, and sleek waterfalls. With a palette of moody blues, grays, black, and white, Johnson paints a tender picture of the land of her childhood.
Roaming remote landscapes by foot, Johnson seeks moments when reality seems to blur at the edges and become another realm. She says, “Alone on these journeys, I contemplate how the dynamic contrasts and fleeting elements of the Far North impart a heightened sense of being alive, and reflect upon the peculiar combination of wonder, fear, and respect that the landscape invokes. Polaris, the North Star, functions as a metaphor for the constancy of magic that I perceive in an environment that is otherwise in constant flux.”