I will be coming home without the kind of work I usually make, but with a lot of things to think about and fold into my work. I made sure this was more of a fact finding trip and not a work producing trip. Not a "fact-finding" trip like we had in the 80's e.g. "Laura is in El Salvador on a fact-finding trip" or "They broke up after she came home from that fact-finding trip to Angola" or "Did you get that vest on your fact-finding trip to Guatemala?", but a fact finding trip meaning I hoped to see a little of what this place is like. I just wanted to experience as much as I could without the pressure of producing, which could have led to half-assed work and not really seeing Alaska because I was pushing to construct something. I especially didn't want to produce portraits like I usually do and in fact have only made a handful while up here. Like coming in the winter, I am certain I made the right decision in how I planned this trip and know it will be beneficial to my work in the long haul.
I'm really interested to see when this trip will begin to move into my work. Maybe not for years, but I know it will appear.