Stills: Alaska To Cairo
Words and Photos / Michael Downey
Departing from the mouth of the Kenai River, a fleet of commercial fishing boats head out at dawn towards the lower Cook Inlet in order to make it to the permitted fishing zone that is decided where and when drift netting can take place for salmon. Mount Iliamna, a stratovolcano covered by a glacier, towers at an elevation of 10,016 ft in the right of the frame.
Returning to Alaska for the summer provides a perfect equilibrium after working in sometimes chaotic environments for months. Of all the places I've been, Alaska is truly among the most special and why I'll always call it home.