Press Release: October 31, 2016
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Arctic Observations, Summer 2016:  Greenland & the Canadian Arctic

BAR HARBOR — Photojournalist and Island Institute co-founder Peter Ralston shares images and reflections of his visit to the remote northern reaches of the planet at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

“Arctic Observations, Summer 2016” takes place at 4:10 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ralston, a career photographer who has been featured in such places as the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, spent a month in Greenland and the eastern and central islands of the Northwest Passage this past summer. He was taken, he said, with, “the austere and severe beauty and scale of the Canadian Arctic.”

“I am hardly an overnight expert, but years of attention to writings and images of the area, combined with recent experience has far more fully informed my awareness and understanding of this extraordinary region,” Ralston said. “The take home impressions - and images - revolve around Greenland and Big Ice, the socio-economic reality of Inuit life, and the reality and implications of climate change.”

Ralston grew up in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania, and worked for a decade as a freelance photojournalist before he started photographing the coast of Maine in 1978. He was drawn especially to the working communities that define the coast’s enduring character. In 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at Colby College for his photography as well as his role as co-founder of the Island Institute.

His work has been seen in many books and magazines, featured repeatedly on network television and has been exhibited in galleries, collections and museums throughout the United States and abroad including The Mona Bismark Foundation/Paris, National Museum of American History/Smithsonian, Colby College, Art in Embassies Program, Aomori Prefectural Museum/Japan, deYoung Fine Arts Museum/San Francisco, Royal Academy of the Arts/London, and many others.

Ralston and his wife, Terri, opened Ralston Gallery in Rockport, Maine, in 2011. He is currently working on a major book about his favorite place in the world, the coast of Maine. More information is available on his site,

The Human Ecology Forum is a weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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