Toronto-based photographer Eamon Mac Mahon went back to his reflections on early childhood, to create a visual photo diary of Northwestern Alberta, a region located in the Canadian province of Alberta.
Presented body of work, titled Landlocked creates a subjective portrait of the region, Eamon was born in. His family moved there in the mid 70s, two months before Eamon’s birth. Their movement was due to the fact that his father found work in a coal mine, serviced by a new town. As a result of their migration, Eamon was lucky to be raised in the place, surrounded by fascinating environment, which certainly shaped his personality and strongly influenced his perception of the world.
"From the back window of my childhood home, the boreal forest stretched north, largely unbroken, for hundreds of kilometres to the tundra, a dark tangle of trees, mysterious and forbidding. Grizzly bears, wolverine and lynx roamed the woods around our town. A vast network of winter roads, also known as seismic lines, was being built throughout Alberta at this time. Over the next 35 years, a flood of development followed the roads and the wilderness became increasingly fragmented. Wolves followed the roads into the deepest woods and hunted woodland caribou to the brink of extinction. As glaciers melt and the Arctic becomes more accessible, the forest marches north and the old seismic lines sink into soft ground”, shared his vivid memories Eamon.