Health facts are important. Some of these facts, however, can be discouraging. What would happen if we focus on healthy community activities?— Healthy Portraits does just that.
Healthy Portraits highlights healthy success stories through photography and storytelling. It is a way to celebrate communities making positive changes towards wellness. This project is different in two ways—1) it focuses on healthy change, and 2) returns the photos back to the communities.
We find Alaska health stories that inspire, motivate, and bring communties together.
To photograph the story, we travel to each community at least twice.
On the last visit, we return the photos to celebrate their success stories of health.
NANANordic’s goal is introduce the lifetime sport of cross-country skiing to rural Alaska starting with villages in the NANA region. In April 2013, 1,500 students were introduced to skate skiing in the 11 villages making up the NANA region. Additionally, NANANoridic visited White Mountain in the Bering Strait Region and Anaktuvuk Pass in the North Slope Region. –source: nananordic.com
ANTHC brought two photographers, Brendan Smith (ANTHC) and Craig Billingsley (NANA shareholder) to photograph NANANordic and their involvement with the communities of the Northwest Arctic Region. They traveled with NANANordic to the villages of Noatak and Shungnak to tell their stories. In August of 2013, they returned to give the photos back to the communities where they will be permanently displayed. The hope is that the photos will continue to inspire healthy choices and acheivements.