Photo and caption by Brian Adams
Shishmaref, Alaska, March 2010 Shishmaref feels as though it may as well be the edge of the world. For most of the year, the Inupiat village lies muffled beneath an eclipse of snow and ice, enclosed by a frozen sea. Brightly colored homes nestle in a blue and white landscape before a seemingly endless crystalline expanse pitted against muted motions of village life. In the quiet hum of winter, the promises of distant summer stand stark and deserted— a lone basketball hoop in a canvas of ice and snow, boats docked in wait for thawing waters.