Facing north : portraits of Ely, Minnesota by Ann Goldman

By Ann Goldman

“Thank you Andrew and Ann Goldman for the endurance that it took to accomplish the pictures in dealing with North. it's a old record for Ely, Minnesota that has world wide curiosity as a photo of a different northern neighborhood. You so correctly captured my pals and friends and that i will consistently cherish this book.” —Will Steger 


“My paintings as a photojournalist has concerned assignments approximately humans and far off cultures as usually as approximately uncooked nature. unluckily, I continuously felt there have been extra tales in line with sq. foot in Ely as wherever else i've been. inspect those Ely faces Goldman has captured together with his razor-sharp lens and skim the tales of their eyes.” —Jim Brandenburg, from the Foreword


Perched at the fringe of the northern woods on the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe zone desolate tract, Ely, Minnesota, holds specific which means for thousands of holiday makers every year. yet what's it like for the folks who dwell there year-round?


Ann and Andrew Goldman supply a revealing portrayal of the original those who name Ely domestic. that includes a couple of hundred photographs in addition to vibrant essays, dealing with North tells the tale of lifestyles during this Northwoods group: its breathtaking attractiveness, unusually various personality, and intricate heritage. A thriving vacation spot sector, Ely is a altering group, but its traditions stay brilliant and robust. From hotel proprietors and fishermen to canoe makers and artists, dealing with North is an evocative tribute to the iconic nature of Ely and its people.


This undertaking is made attainable partially by means of a provide from the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust.


Andrew Goldman is a contract advertisement photographer. His consumers comprise ESPN and Playboy businesses, and his images have seemed on greater than 40 journal covers. Ann Goldman is a contract author and presenter whose expert historical past is in museum and nonprofit administration. They reside in Boulder, Colorado, with their sons.


The paintings of award-winning nature photographer Jim Brandenburg has been featured in nationwide Geographic magazine due to the fact that 1978. His many books comprise Chased by means of the Light and searching out the Summer. He lives close to Ely, Minnesota, the place his paintings might be obvious at Brandenburg Gallery.

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In neighboring Wisconsin, it has recently accessible by car before you reach the road-free been ruled illegal to drive drunk on a frozen lake. Boundary Waters. Smitty’s cabins are closed for Who would be so doubly risky? the winter, but this former Chicagoan maintains a In such a lake-rich landscape, winter means modest income by keeping a makeshift snowy road an opening up and easing of formerly impassable plowed onto pristine, spring-fed Snowbank Lake. An areas, a smoothing of the topography.

After all, their forebears set- terrain would slide away across your body. tled this land on the heels of receding glaciers. Our host assures us it is safe to walk on the fro- The people here fish through the ice; they sled, zen lake. “You could drive your car on it,” he says. snowmobile, snowshoe, and ski on it. They cut and “We’re definitely lighter than a car,” I think, as I store huge chunks of it to preserve their summer venture the first steps with my young sons into the food, they trap beaver through it, and they even GREEN ICE 20 camp on it.

A thin layer of ice, formed in a recent warm spell, In summer you could dive from a dock into the rests about two inches beneath the top layer of dry, soft still-cold waters of Garden Lake, a few miles east of snow. This fragile, unseen crust cracks, and our feet Ely. As you rose up from the green, you would scatter sink quickly into more soft snow. We are knee-deep, but the winter footprints we made there on a lunar land- the soles of our boots rest safely on at least another scape of ice and snow.

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