R.I.P. Harold
I hope the crickets never run out up there.

the matzah balls are mobile

got invited to a Seder & tasked w/ the soup. a lot of pressure for a goyum.

Tyler Freer in his cabin outside Fairbanks, AK
Displaying the tattoo he got connected to the record grizzly he took w/ a recurve bow. 
Shot for Outdoor Life

when you’re this close, might as well complete the 3fer.
inside Steve McQueen’s handmade trunk, the journals for Yucatan.
and yes, Vol IV is in frame for a reason.

"goddam son!  it’s been a while since you put hands on that blog of yers" the voice inside my head ranted at me.  i know, it’s weird that my voice is kinda southern gothic and has a deep regional twang to it.  it likes to swear too.  a lot.  maybe that comes from a lot of flannery o’connor, faulkner, bukowski and London when i was younger.

it doesn’t really matter.  i’m not here to talk about me.  i’m finally punching back in to get the car back on track so to speak.  

this was the opener to an amazing story i got to do up in the Fairbanks area last November for Outside Magazine.  it put the bookend on an interesting year for me.  one that started out bright, got very dark and then found it’s way again, to the light.  

anyway, on to the goddam story.  lance mackey is a living legend as far as sled dogs, mushing, dog breeding and fighting for life go.  i won’t get too into that here, you can read the article online:

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dogs/Lance-Mackey-Worlds-Toughest-Athlete-Iditarod-Alaska.html

what will follow are a handful of my favorite pics form the shoot that made it into a gallery on my new “assignments” section on my website and then a collections of a few outtakes at the end.

this one was all Jack London.  as only it could be

from an assignment for Outside Magazine - 1/2014

a shot from the new “COMEback KENNELS” section on my website, a profile of Iditarod legend Lance Mackey.

however, as much as i loved the time spent with Lance and getting to know him, it was the dogs that really got a grip on me.  and so, as i created a new gallery for the site from the assignment for Outside Magazine, it was the dogs that i made a point to memorialize.  i like to think that Lance would approve.

you can see more of this story here:

http://tomfowlks.com/ASSIGNments/COMEback-KENNELS/1/

from an assignment for Outside Magazine - 1/2014

a simple one here.  lunch with Lance Mackey.  the guy has a lot to do to with over 80 dogs on his premises at the ComeBack Kennel.  so there’s little more time to eat then nuke up a couple a kielbasa (reindeer if i recall), pop a 7-Up on the rocks and follow it all w/ a marshmallow.

i passed on the marshmallow.

again, the link to view more work form this story:

http://tomfowlks.com/ASSIGNments/COMEback-KENNELS/1/

from an assignment for Outside Magazine - 1/2014

one of the 80 dogs & lance taking one for a stroll.  to the sled.

not much more need be said here.  plus i got a lot to take care of on the burners at the moment.  i almost feel guilty taking a moment for this series of posts.  almost  . ..

see more from this story here:

http://tomfowlks.com/ASSIGNments/COMEback-KENNELS/1/

shot for Outside Magazine near Fairbanks, AK - 11/2013

it’s all about the dogs.  white fucking fang!!

"beware of dog" is quite the understatement here.

see more from the story on my website:

http://tomfowlks.com/ASSIGNments/COMEback-KENNELS/1/

shot for Outside Magazine near Fairbanks, AK - 11/2013