bwphotochallenge

by Katherine Yaksich

5 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 Nearly 5 years ago, I quit my job and relocated to NY from CA with hopes of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. Back then, the Holy Grail would have been to land an assignment for National Geographic, but I’ve since learned that I don’t necessarily need to shoot for Nat Geo to do meaningful work and tell powerful stories. In fact, one of my favorite photographers told me that he actually turned down his first assignment for Nat Geo. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even entirely sure if I could handle the pressure of such an assignment, and the thought of shooting 40,000 - 60,000 images for a single assignment is a bit overwhelming… 
 This year I had the incredible experience of being a photographer in residence onboard an expedition ship in the Arctic. I absolutely loved it because I got to explore such a beautiful and remote part of our planet doing what I love, and it was a meaningful and transformative experience because it helped me understand our fragile world a bit better and the importance of safeguarding the future of our earth. 
 I’m beyond excited to embark on the ship again in February for a month long residency in Antarctica, especially since Antarctica has been on my bucket list ever since I did a report on it in 4th grade. It is also my last and final continent to visit. 
 What kind of experiences transform and bring meaning to your life? 
 I nominate @andrewshepherd for the black and white challenge. I love working with Andrew not only because he is an overall wonderful human, but because his work is always unexpected, beautiful, and solid. 
 #thisarcticlife #neverstopexploring #notgeo

5 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

Nearly 5 years ago, I quit my job and relocated to NY from CA with hopes of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. Back then, the Holy Grail would have been to land an assignment for National Geographic, but I’ve since learned that I don’t necessarily need to shoot for Nat Geo to do meaningful work and tell powerful stories. In fact, one of my favorite photographers told me that he actually turned down his first assignment for Nat Geo. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even entirely sure if I could handle the pressure of such an assignment, and the thought of shooting 40,000 - 60,000 images for a single assignment is a bit overwhelming…

This year I had the incredible experience of being a photographer in residence onboard an expedition ship in the Arctic. I absolutely loved it because I got to explore such a beautiful and remote part of our planet doing what I love, and it was a meaningful and transformative experience because it helped me understand our fragile world a bit better and the importance of safeguarding the future of our earth.

I’m beyond excited to embark on the ship again in February for a month long residency in Antarctica, especially since Antarctica has been on my bucket list ever since I did a report on it in 4th grade. It is also my last and final continent to visit.

What kind of experiences transform and bring meaning to your life?

I nominate @andrewshepherd for the black and white challenge. I love working with Andrew not only because he is an overall wonderful human, but because his work is always unexpected, beautiful, and solid.

#thisarcticlife #neverstopexploring #notgeo

by Katherine Yaksich

4 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 Well I suppose they don’t call it a challenge for nothing. A lot of images I thought would work well in black and white simply just don’t work, and there’s no point in forcing the issue. So I dug deep into the archives and found one of my favorite black and white images from Mt. Etna, Sicily. It was the middle of the winter, very cold, and there was so much snow on the roads I wasn’t entirely sure if our car would make it up to base camp. We ended up making it and I looked up and saw this beautiful picture of 3 people hiking in perfect formation on a ridge line towards the summit of Mt. Etna, and the rest is history. This is one of my all time favorite images that I’ve ever captured, for so many reasons. 
 I’m breaking the rules and nominating both @miahklein and @waterproject for the black and white challenge. I owe a lot of thanks to Miah for his guidance and for helping me along the way when I decided that I wanted to pursue photography professionally. I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not of been for people like Miah. I’ve since passed on some of that knowledge to @waterproject, who is part of the next generation of up and coming photographers 
 #payitforward

4 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

Well I suppose they don’t call it a challenge for nothing. A lot of images I thought would work well in black and white simply just don’t work, and there’s no point in forcing the issue. So I dug deep into the archives and found one of my favorite black and white images from Mt. Etna, Sicily. It was the middle of the winter, very cold, and there was so much snow on the roads I wasn’t entirely sure if our car would make it up to base camp. We ended up making it and I looked up and saw this beautiful picture of 3 people hiking in perfect formation on a ridge line towards the summit of Mt. Etna, and the rest is history. This is one of my all time favorite images that I’ve ever captured, for so many reasons.

I’m breaking the rules and nominating both @miahklein and @waterproject for the black and white challenge. I owe a lot of thanks to Miah for his guidance and for helping me along the way when I decided that I wanted to pursue photography professionally. I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not of been for people like Miah. I’ve since passed on some of that knowledge to @waterproject, who is part of the next generation of up and coming photographers

#payitforward

by Katherine Yaksich

3 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 This is a portrait I took of Neil onboard our expedition ship in the Arctic this past summer. I looked out the window and saw Neil smoking a pipe by himself, out in the cold, on the port side of the ship. I immediately knew I had to get a picture of him, so I ran outside and captured one of my favorite images from my residency. In the Arctic, often times the most memorable moments occur when you least expect it. 
 I nominate @leifography, a fellow New Yorker who I connected with onboard our ship in the Arctic 
 #thisarcticlife

3 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

This is a portrait I took of Neil onboard our expedition ship in the Arctic this past summer. I looked out the window and saw Neil smoking a pipe by himself, out in the cold, on the port side of the ship. I immediately knew I had to get a picture of him, so I ran outside and captured one of my favorite images from my residency. In the Arctic, often times the most memorable moments occur when you least expect it.

I nominate @leifography, a fellow New Yorker who I connected with onboard our ship in the Arctic

#thisarcticlife

by Katherine Yaksich

2 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 It’s not very often that you get a chance to film and photograph NYC Ballet dancers on a NYC rooftop overlooking Central Park, with direct views of the top of the Empire State building. This was one of those days, and it was absolutely magical, breathtaking, and surreal. That’s why I love NYC so much; it’s full of magic, wonderful surprises, and extraordinary, talented people. There is beauty all around us. 
 I nominate @jen_trahan for the black and white challenge, which is quite fitting because this photo was taken by Jen Trahan for @reubenhernandez studios (at New York City Ballet)

2 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

It’s not very often that you get a chance to film and photograph NYC Ballet dancers on a NYC rooftop overlooking Central Park, with direct views of the top of the Empire State building. This was one of those days, and it was absolutely magical, breathtaking, and surreal. That’s why I love NYC so much; it’s full of magic, wonderful surprises, and extraordinary, talented people. There is beauty all around us.

I nominate @jen_trahan for the black and white challenge, which is quite fitting because this photo was taken by Jen Trahan for @reubenhernandez studios (at New York City Ballet)