March 23, 2023
The photograph was made during a springtime running of the annual Open North American International Sled Dog Race. This race starts in downtown Fairbanks, with the teams running down Second Avenue, then dropping onto the river to run a 20-mile distance.
When I shoot street photography, it's common to find details in my images that I didn't see during their rapid taking. In this picture, there's a pair of shoes on the sand, several bags with items spilling out of them, and beach chairs to be seen. These are all items you would see on a day at a warm beach, but not so often in a wintry snow scene. The photograph was made in March, on a fairly warm day for Fairbanks, with the temperature around 2 degrees Celsius. While this isn’t summer beach heat, after winter temperatures that can easily dip to -45 degrees Celsius, that does pass for spring weather here.“
Resides in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has taught photography and photojournalism at the University of Fairbanks for almost 35 years. His assignment work has been featured in many publications, including Time, Outside, LIFE, PDN, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. His photographs have been featured in the Pictures of the Year issues of Time, LIFE, and Stern. Mason won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 1989 for his series on the Barrow, Alaska, Whale Rescue, and other awards including World Press Photo and POY. More