DK: “I started getting into photography in 2009. I got into it for family, mother nature and northern lights. Mostly northern lights. [Laughs] It gets pretty cold taking their pictures. There are a few photographers here in town catching up to me. [Laughs] There are a lot of tourist photographers here now due to the polar bears. I got a big lens in my room, somebody gave me a canon 100 mm-400 mm and a Canon 70D, they were here on a tour. But, I went kayaking one summer and fell in. I lost two cameras and the lens. The lens didn’t work for nine months. I tried it every month and it finally worked after nine months. Went right down in the middle of the lagoon, the water was calm, I was taking a picture of the mountain’s reflection in the lagoon, then I put my camera away, lost my balance and fell in. KTUU (a statewide news channel) posted one of my photos on their website.”
IAI: Do you think about doing just photography for a career?
DK: “I think about it.”
— Darren Kayotuk is Inupiaq from Kaktovik, Alaska.
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