These series of images has been split up in 3 different series. One collection is solely focused on the coasts of British Columbia. The second collection is focused on the Canadian Rocky Mountains, both British Columbia and Alberta. The third is a collection of images that I took in the Yukon and Alaska, US. I separated them, because the style of images is drastically different from one another. But because I took them during the same trip in 2017, I feel like I should connect them somehow by explaining that all of these images have been taken around the same time. I started out in Vancouver, working my way up to Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, Kootenay's and the Rockies, Yukon, Alaska, Haida Gwaii, the Rocky Mountains again and ending my trip back in Vancouver. This is a rough depiction, because in total I've driven over 16.000 kms in my camperized second hand pick-up truck and I've taken a hell of a lot of detours.
The North has always been a place that fascinates me more than any other type of landscape. Because I live in a pretty dense and heavily populated part of Europe, I've always dreamt of going up to the North of Canada and hop over the border into Alaska to bask in its vast amounts of space and wilderness. While I was in the Rocky Mountains, I got completely smoked out because of the big forest fires in Alberta, Skookumchuck and the south Kootenay's/Nelson region. Day after day I woke up, hoping the smoke would lift or blow away.. After 2 weeks I got sick of it; went on Google Maps, placed a dot on the Kenai Peninsula beneath Anchorage and checked how many hours of driving it would be. Google Maps said it would be 37 hours of continuous driving if I would take the Stewart-Cassiar Highway through British Columbia. Not necessarily the fastest, but definitely the most beautiful. Naturally, I upgraded my camping setup (for colder weather) in the back of my pick up truck and went my way. In total it took me about a month to drive from the Rocky Mountains to Homer on Kenai, the furthest northwest I would go. Eventually I did a couple of big detours to the following towns/villages in Alaska: Hyder, Skagway, Haines, Denali and Seward. Along the way I would cross the south of the mighty Yukon, Canada's most northwestern province. With barely any paved roads, except a couple of highways and the Alaskan Highway 1, I crossed small villages like Watson River, Teslin Lake, Carcross, Haines Junction, Destruction Bay, Beaver Creek and so forth.
This trip has never been about photography or me trying to "look" for the essence of the north. This trip has been a somewhat personal journey; an escape and a way for me to get rid of unneeded stress, the feeling of being claustrophobic in Europe. Above all it was a way for me to feel grounded again and to have a breather. Therefore this is not a series, but a collection of stand alone images that I took along the way.