A call for photographs of urban and suburban Anchorage, Alaska:
As some people here on Tumblr know, I’ve been working with Momentum Dance Collective this season. Together, we’re doing some work that involves gathering photographs (and video) of Anchorage that show a collective snapshot of the city in its centennial year.
Like most cities, Anchorage has both the good and the bad. For tourists, this place is often just a bookend on a vacation filled with wildlife, mountains and glaciers. For those of us who live here, we face some real struggles. We have a strong sense of community, we are genuinely interested in offering help to people in need, we have some excellent green spaces in town, etc. On the other hand, the number of rapes reported per year in Anchorage is over 2x the US national average, and the rate for violent crime here is nearly 3x the US national average. Alcoholism and homelessness continue to be major problems throughout the city.
If you’ve lived or spent time in Anchorage, what does this city look like through your eyes? How far have we come? How far do we have yet to go? What’s it like to live in the largest urban environment in Alaska? The title of our project, ImpactANC, is a testament to how we want to use these photos to jolt people a bit, and perhaps educate ourselves about Anchorage’s successes, cracks and corners.
If you’d like to participate, do any of the following:
- Tag your original photos of urban and suburban Anchorage, good parts and bad parts, with #impactANC so we can reblog you on tumblr or Instagram.
- Submit your photo via our tumblr site.
- Follow along, if you like.
- Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions, get more details, or chat about ideas.
During Momentum’s final production of the season (January 2015), we’d love to feature the best photography submissions (with permission and attribution, of course) as part of a live dance event performed in multiple places in Anchorage.
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska