Documentary photographer Louie Palu (b.1968, Canada) feels right at home in the perennial cold of the Arctic region. In a place where daily temperatures average minus 50 degrees Celsius, and one can go for days, if not weeks in near darkness, nature reveals its true, omnipotent power — and yet, the Arctic is warming up to three times faster than anywhere else on the planet, and in two decades may be faced with the first ice-free Arctic summer in history.
Born Alan Schaefer in the Bronx in the early 1940s, April Dawn Alison became herself by providing a place to play, a stage, as it were, for the persona trapped inside. But this might have been a rather lonely game: neither Alan’s family nor his neighbours knew about April until after (s)he – or they – died, in 2008. One cannot help but ask what Alan Schaefer’s life and artistic career might have been, had he felt confident or safe enough to step out into the world as April Dawn Alison.