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Surviving Forced Relocation to the Arctic (Grise Fjørd, Nunavut, Canada) by Bunny Laden

January 2021 - Surviving Forced Relocation to the Arctic (Grise Fjørd, Nunavut, Canada)

January 2021 - Bunny Laden


January 2021 - Bunny Laden

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Larry Audlaluk, one of two survivors from the 1950’s forced relocation of 8 Inuit families to the Arctic, tells his story. The families were dropped off in an inhospitable area with no no way to escape. This forced migration allowed Canada to claim the high Arctic. Canada needed ordinary people, not a military installation, to assert this authority. The Government apologized in 2010 and erected this monument to give tribute to those who were relocated.

Larry has arthritis, so when I visited Grise Fjord in September, 2019, he preferred to sit while he told us his history. The statue was located far to his right. I created a composite so the I could avoid having other listeners in the image, and to have Larry appear by the statue. Given the grim story, the gray stone of the statue, and the harsh conditions in the Arctic, I thought a monochrome treatment would work best. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how this could be improved.

ISO 400, 14-140mm lens, f8.0 for Larry, f.6.0 for the statue. I used Topaz AI Mask to extract Larry from the background, a challenge give all the fur. I flipped the statue in Photoshop to face the other direction and then used cloning to add the mountain behind Larry. In Photoshop, I adjusted the brightness and contrast, applied a B&W layer, added a warming photo filter, and then cropped.

9 comments posted

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Thanks for sharing the backstory on Larry. Governments have done inhumane things to their indigent people in the name of progress, Apologies are not enough in my mind.

I think creating a composite is great way to meld the person to the memorial forever. You did a nice job.

Have you thought about providing a copy to Larry or to the Inuit leaders?


Emil   Posted: 01/01/2021 12:29:52
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Emil,
I had not thought of providing a copy to Larry and his community. You have inspired me to send a copy to Adventure Canada, the company with which I traveled. The husband of the CEO is an Inuit with relatives in Larry's community. So if they think it appropriate, they will send the photo on.
Thanks for your insight!   Posted: 01/06/2021 22:06:26

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Bunny, your composite shows that you truly understand the meaning and significance of the forced relocation. Bravo!

I think photography can do for people's awareness of social issues the same thing that was done with Pete Seeger's and Woody Guthrie's music.

Photographically, you really did a beautiful job creating the composite. There's very little that I can suggest. A small nit might be that the snow behind Larry's head is a bit bright and slightly distracts from his face.

Nice job!!

  Posted: 01/02/2021 18:15:46
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Oliver,
Thanks so much for your comments. I agree about the snow. I can absolutely work on toning that down.   Posted: 01/06/2021 22:07:20

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Bunny, Thanks for the history lesson. I was totally unaware but have recently seen the Canadian province of Nunavut. It was only after being able to view the world on my cell phone that I kept on seeing how large that area is. You understand Ps so much more than myself and I'm lacking the true interest in learning anything beyond composites. I do agree that the white snow behind Larry's head could be darkened.   Posted: 01/06/2021 22:01:41
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Bob,
I was still in the world of the "Northwest Territories" until I went on this trip. The lawyer who negotiated the treaty with the Inuit for establishing Nunavut was on the trip, along with about 5 Inuit people. I had many interesting conversations with them and listened to many lectures. Our Inuit guides seemed to have relatives and friends everywhere we landed, so I felt quite welcome. I do agree about the snow and I will try to do something about it. I added it so perhaps I should think about replacing it with granite and have snow show elsewhere in the background.

About PS, I was SO RESISTANT to using it until the pandemic hit. Then I realized I had no excuse for NOT learning. I took a number of online courses and just forced myself to learn it. I'm glad I did. I don't always use PS, but it does come in handy for composites. What do you use?   Posted: 01/06/2021 22:13:31

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks Bunny. I just started using Adobe again after using Ps in the late 2000's. I used Apple Aperture until it was discontinued. I'm dealing with a loss of short term memory and I have many thousands of Raw images that need to be edited and culled and that is my focus at this time.   Posted: 01/06/2021 22:21:24
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
I worked for Apple for 22 years, just left about a year ago. I worked on the low-level image processing programming interfaces. I was a big Aperture fan, but sadly, they discontinued it in favor of Photos. So I feel your pain! After trying other options, I became an Adobe subscriber for Lightroom and Photoshop and also for Premiere (for my video work). Lightroom is great for editing and culling. PS, in my humble opinion, is only for the "fancy" stuff. If I can be of any help, let me know. I am not a PS expert, but am always happy to share what I've learned. Actions might be helpful for your memory. Just a thought.   Posted: 01/06/2021 22:36:18

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Well, that gives you a whole bunch of credibility in my book. I've never owned another brand and bought our 512k in mid 90's. Yes, all the years using Aperture rarely did I use Ps and never used subscription Adobe until this past October. I was using Luminar up to then but had to go away from Luminar as my DAM, but still use them for some edits. I'll have to check into actions. I've customized some presets and that has helped speed things along. I have almost 70k images in LrC and that is inflated because I made tiff's of all images back in 2018 when I didn't know what I was going to do after Aperture. Can't just delete the tiff's because there were periods of time where I kept the edited tiffs and moved the NEF's to backup drives and since Luminar didn't have support for key words, I had multiple images in different subject folders. So I have created a mess that I can't bear the thought of leaving for my son. If you don't mind here is my email so that we don't have to put all of this on the DD. boblegg@mac.com
Thanks   Posted: 01/07/2021 10:01:38


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