jimvan

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First Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Van Altvorst

Previous Publications

Year of Project: 2 018

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The photographs included in Algal Bloom - An Ephemeral Gallery were taken within Bar Harbor North, one of five City-owned and operated boat harbors in Ketchikan, Alaska, a small island community located at the southern extent of Southeast Alaska along the famed Inside Passage. Local boat harbors occupy a complex ecosystem comprised of an intricate mix of macro- and microscopic flora and fauna. They can be enjoyed by anyone, whether an "expert" or the most casual observers.

Occasionally, when sunlight, water temperature, and other environmental conditions are conducive, algal blooms can appear in area waters. These blooms are easily recognized by the rapid increase of the algae with attendant discoloration in the water from their pigments. A “red tide” can also add a particularly dynamic, photogenic element to harbor waters. Reflected portions of boats, mooring lines and fenders add visual interest. Zephyrs and the easy swirl of the water around boats and harbor structures alternately create, reveal, then disturb or hide visual elements. But the scene is always changing. My fascination with this ephemeral gallery provided the motivation for this book.

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2 018

Year of Project: 2 017

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I live in Ketchikan, Alaska, a small island community located in Southeast Alaska along the famed Inside Passage. The intertidal zone of the area beaches is noteworthy due to large fluctuations in the sea level between daily high and low tides. This zone teams with life adapted to tide-driven cyclic immersion and exposure. It is a rich ecosystem comprised of animals and plants, living, dying, dead and decaying, all adding color and texture to the scene. Looking betwixt and between the tides, I discover a continuously changing phantasmagoria, an “imaginarium” populated with creatures of all sorts, real and imagined. My fascination with the intertidal zone provided the motivation for this book.

~ Jim Van Altvorst

Year of Project:
2 017