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From the Quonset hut churches of the Yukon, built out of scrap left over from the construction of the Alaska Highway, to the Igloo churches of the Far North and the carefully preserved churches of the Sahtu region’s tiny, isolated Dene communities, the North’s places of worship are ambiguous symbols of both faith and colonization, spirituality and repression. They face aging, shrinking congregations, a scarcity of clergy, and history that can be both troubling and inspiring. And yet they are still landmarks in every community, both visually and socially.
Over the last couple of years I have traveled across the North, capturing these structures at every opportunity, standing in chilly aisles so cold you can see your breath, watching as congregations with absent clergy held their own services in their native tongue, and documenting the beauty of these fragile, consecrated spaces as best I can.
This is an on going project and I plan on continuing to document these amazing spaces across the North
Chris is with Headtron, an electronic record label based in LA. He is playing two music festivals this summer. He has had more than 20,000 plays on Soundcloud. Check out his work in the links below.
A quick update: about two weeks ago I got laid off at my job as photo editor at Up Here and Up Here Business. The photo editor position at Up Here and Up Here Business no longer exists, unfortunately. For the past two years I have really enjoyed working with the magazine’s editorial team, and learned so much. It was a great experience. But it’s time to move on.
I am now officially full time freelancing with my own photography business. This is one of the final projects I worked on from top to bottom visually, featuring very strong reporting from Ashleigh Gaul, historical photographs and a series of portraits shot in Yellowknife and Iqaluit.