About This Project

Julie Denesha photographing Dawes Glacier. (Photo/Sean Rielly)

Julie Denesha photographing Dawes Glacier. (Photo/Sean Rielly)


I was very fortunate to have a chance to travel with two Forest Rangers working in Endicott Arm Fjord in the Tongass National Forest. In order to access and monitor the land managed by the forest service, the rangers patrol the waters in sea kayaks and small motorized boats.

Forest Rangers work on water and land to monitor the vast Alaskan wilderness of the Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the United States, the Tongass, covers most of Southeast Alaska. A part of that wilderness, Endicott Arm Fjord, terminates at Dawes Glacier and rangers make frequent visits to monitor flora and fauna, and track the retreat of the massive tidewater glaciers. It is a landscape that is changing rapidly. Since the naturalist John Muir visited Endicott Arm in 1880, Dawes Glacier has retreated dramatically in a sign of the planet’s changing climate. With increasing number of tourists eager to take a closer look at the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, the rangers also track the impact of tourism on the area and educate tour groups they encounter on the trail.

About the Photographer

Julie Denesha is a documentary photographer based in the Midwest. From 1996 to 2004, Julie was based in Prague, Czech Republic, where she covered Central and Eastern Europe for newspapers and magazines.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, Newsweek, The Economist and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as Peoples of the World: A Guide to Cultures and Work: The World in Photographs from National Geographic Books.

In 2007, Julie was awarded both a Fulbright and a Milena Jesenská Fellowship to continue her ongoing project on the Roma in Slovakia. Her project on the Roma was featured in an exhibit of the Roma at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia and has also been shown at The Half King Gallery in New York, The Institute For Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria, The World Bank in Brussels, Belgium, and Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

In August 2011, Julie traveled with forest rangers in The Tongass National Forest in Alaska as an artist in residence.

All images  © Julie Denesha 2011




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