As a photographer working for NPR, I travel the globe covering assignments with our reporters and correspondents. The logistics of getting into place can be brutal, and rarely do photographs “just happen” without a tremendous amount of time and effort.
On a recent trip to Nome, Alaska, NPR correspondent Quil Lawrence and I were covering the challenges veterans face getting care and services in remote places. We also wanted to capture the sense of extreme remoteness. So that’s what we were looking for, driving through town along the Bering Straight, with the winter ice breaking up next to the main drag of saloons, restaurants and little hotels.
I was driving, paying attention to the road, when Quil turned and asked if I had seen “that.” In a tone of amazement, he said he had seen a pickup truck drive down a side street with a reindeer in the back. I figured it was worth further investigation, so we turned around.
Photo Credit: David Gilkey/NPR