Those who know me know that there are few things I enjoy more than geeking out about photography. A solid photo-based conversation is the quickest way to get me to look at the clock and wonder where the last couple hours went. The blog that inevitably comes up most often in a conversation like that is none other that of Rob Haggart, APhotoEditor.com.Read More
I had the distinct pleasure of photographing another story for the New York Times last week, and finally meeting long-time NYT journalist Kirk Johnson, who wrote this article and others that I've shot for in the past. Hearing our governor discuss what he planned and hoped to communication to the Commander in Chief was certainly interesting. Other photographs that accompanied the story, which ran on page A11, Saturday, August 29 included Ryan Joe, a conservation activist, and a cityscape showing Cook Inlet and downtown. Full article HERE.
I thought this was a good perspective, and worth posting - Marin Levinson succinctly summarizes valuable advice that I hear over and over from industry leaders about vision, success, and where the industry is going.
"It used to be that somebody who could light, and show up, and make a portrait had value. That person is of no value anymore. They have to have something to say."
"You have to think about how you want people to refer to you, in one sentence...It's your job...to complete that sentence."
"Everything is heading toward motion."
At a photo workshop last weekend, a relative newcomer to photography posed this question to me, and it got me thinking. I didn't have a hard and fast answer. "Sometimes" was the first response that came to mind. Additionally, I couldn't seem to come up with a set of rules for immediately determining whether the answer would be yes or no. It is in some respects...Read More
When the call came from Newsweek for an assignment in rural Alaska, I was floored. I remember sitting on my host-family's porch in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer long ago devouring my weekly Newsweek. The publication was a large part of feeling connected to the world...Read More
Dip net fishing is something of a rite of passage in Alaska. Explaining it to out-of-staters is entertaining. Conversations often go like this:
"Dip netting? What's that?" / "Oh, it's a type of fishing where you've got a net on the end of a long pole and you pull fish out of a river with it." / "Wait, so you don't have a fishing pole with a hook or lure?" / "Nope, just a net."Read More
There are few people on the planet that I've known longer than my friend Scott. We went to kindergarten together, and have somehow been friends ever since. He and his dad took me fishing to Skwentna when I was maybe twelve. It was where I caught my first jack king salmon. On a beautiful June afternoon, we went back, and while we were unsuccessful fishing this time, it was great to be out on the water with one of my oldest amigos.
For anyone interested in photography, this is a little long, but a great intro to some essential principles of composition by photographer Adam Marelli. I've been calling myself a professional for a while now, and still found it an interesting summation.
Maxim magazine online did a nice little write-up on me and the body of photography that came from my year in Afghanistan. My photographs from Afghanistan hadn't been published yet outside of my own website, and it's been a while since they were made (2011), so it's very nice to see them out in the world where more people might run across them. The article is short, but I have to say, they did a pretty good job of summing up the Human Terrain System as well.
Read the full article here: https://www.maxim.com/maxim-man/article/my-tour-joshua-corbett-paktika-afghanistanRead More
March 17, 2015 - Whittier, Alaska is only 60 miles from Anchorage, but feels a world away. The tiny port town is accessible by car only through a single lane, 2.5 mile tunnel that runs below the Chugach mountains. Tunnel traffic alternates directions every 30 minutes. The tiny community has been described as a town under one roof due to the majority of people living in one building, the Begich tower, which is reportedly in need of major repairs.Read More
March 10, 2015 - Saturday marked the Ceremonial Start of the 2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska (The official start was yesterday in Fairbanks). I can't remember the last time I watched the event, which fills downtown Anchorage with the excited yips and howls of hundreds of dogs that are SO excited to get on the trail. Not to mention tons of mushers and spectators as well. It's quite a production, and there's a great community vibe to the event. This year was particularly odd because it has been such a bizarrely snow-less winter. Crews had to bring in truckloads ofRead More
On Sunday, I stopped by an Alaskan Fur Rondy tradition: the Horn and Hide Auction. Volunteer auctioneers from the Alaska Trappers' Association, in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game auctioned off furs and horns confiscated from illegal hunting and collected from road killed animals.Read More
Feb 26, 2015 - On my way home from Girdwood, I saw these guys taking off (what looked) like directly over the road. The sun was already setting, so I decided to wait for them to return, figuring that they wouldn't be flying much past sunset. It turned out I was right and I was able to make a few frames as they came in for a landing after a chilly, clear flight over the hillside above Anchorage.Read More
Took advantage of some great weather to go for a quick hike with my buddy/ rock-climbing-mokey James. Turnagain arm is such a great location to shoot in; it's 15 minutes from Anchorage, picturesque as hell, and produces some of the greatest light in the world.Read More
April 14, 2015 - The other week I got to shoot for the New York Times for the second time, a two day assignment that included cityscapes and a portrait of Mayor Dan Sullivan for a story on the economic impact of falling oil prices on Anchorage. The day was crystal clear, but hovering around 3 degrees fahrenheit which always makes making photographs without gloves interesting, and an exercise in self-torture. Have I mentioned that I need to find gloves that I can shoot in? Yeah, that's a thing. Anyway, the assignment was to focus on the Port of Anchorage area as well as downtown and other spots of economic interest around town. Anchorage definitely put it's best foot forward for me that day, with steam rising off of ship creek and gorgeous northern light on the Chugach range in the background.Read More
April 6, 2015 - I was privileged to shoot a portrait of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan the other week, on assignment for the New York Times. The challenge was that Mayor Sullivan only had 15 minutes to spare, making the assignment an exercise in quick shooting. I had hoped for a couple natural light options in Sullivan's office, which was our shoot location, but to no avail. Fortunately I had my favorite light modifier, the photek small softlighter, in my bag and in the office waiting area hung the fantastic sled dog painting you see behind Mayor Sullivan in the photos.Read More
When my friend Megan asked if I wanted to go hike Mt. Baldy in Eagle River, Alaska where I grew up, I jumped at the offer - after all, I hadn't hiked it in at least a year and it's a quick sprint up to the summit which can be done in a relatively short amount of time. If, that is, you're in the right shape to do it. I was not. Meg was thankfully gracious about me sucking gas, and even posed for a quick outdoor lifestyle shoot on the summit. Frozen hands left me determined to figure out a good cold weather shooting glove solution. Any ideas?Read More
Jan 20, 2015 - There seems to be an instagram craze surrounding ice caves. Actually, there seems to be a trend of young, lets just say hipster-ish, photogs all hitting the same about 8 spots in Washington and Oregon over and over again. I swear I see the shot of the skinny suspension bridge ending in greenery at least three times a week. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful. But its been done soooo many times. Anyway, same with the Washington ice caves. They've been done to death by every PNW instagramographer with 50k+ followers. Anyway, not to be outdone, I headed up toRead More
Dec 6, 2014 - The other week, I was got the call to shoot Governor-elect Bill Walker and his running mate Lt. Governor-elect Byron Mallott for the New York Times.Read More