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Black Carl Captures Alaska: Matthew Noakes

When one considers Arizona and Alaska in the same thought, not many similarities come to mind. Alaska is a northern state, surrounded by and filled with bodies of water and known for its cool climate, grade-A seafood and abundance of crude oil. While Arizona, territory of the south, is characterized by mostly barren land, mass production of dry heat, and Black Carl, proprietors of desert-soul music.

Sometimes two states that are seemingly worlds apart, overlap.

In July, Black Carl went “North to the future,” embarking on an Alaskan tour of 12 shows in seven cities over a two-week span.

The Spec equipped each band member with a disposable camera to document the journey, choosing film in favor of the less manipulated and more natural photos it can produce. Display screens, delete buttons and in-camera editing features on digital devices can undermine the basic concept of photography — capturing a moment.

Over 130 photos were taken. Throughout the week, The Spec will share the best photos from each member’s camera along with captions written by the musicians themselves.

Below, see Alaska through the eyes of guitarist Matthew Noakes…
  • Descent toward Anchorage. Descent toward Anchorage.
  • Flying in over the South Alaskan mountainscape. Flying in over the South Alaskan mountainscape.
  • Classic beauty. Classic beauty.
  • Emma and Chad driving through the forest. Emma and Chad driving through the forest.
  • Dragon Fly Creek (Denali) Dragon Fly Creek (Denali)
  • Fort Carl, Dragon Fly Creek Fort Carl, Dragon Fly Creek
  • Too sexy. Too sexy.
  • Exit Glacier, just outside of Seward. Exit Glacier, just outside of Seward.
  • Film site for "The Hunt for Red October" (Seward) Film site for "The Hunt for Red October" (Seward)
  • Never blowin' smoke. Never blowin' smoke.
  • Sitting momentarily on this bridge before a show when a guy starting emptying rounds about 20 yards away from us, so we left. Apparently this is normal. Sitting momentarily on this bridge before a show when a guy starting emptying rounds about 20 yards away from us, so we left. Apparently this is normal.
     

See photos by John Krause, Chad Leonard, Ian Woodward and Emma Pew.

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