With strikingly similar images and aesthetic impulses, we asked what Robert Kautuk, from Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), NU, and Eldred Allen, from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, NL, thought of each other’s photographs in this five-part series.
Robert Kautuk River Surge (2018) Digital photograph COURTESY THE ARTIST
The watershed pattern in the middle of this image looks like a broom that is ‘sweeping’ the ice away and breaking it up. There is a great use of composition and balance with the sand and ice halving the image. Also, the many lines running through the image add to its strength. It makes me think of the youth as during this time of year many young people get out and jump on icepans like this for fun.
— Eldred Allen
Eldred Allen Renewal (2019) Digital photograph COURTESY THE ARTIST
This one reminds me of the river near our cabin where we can be with each other, and just enjoy being outdoors as spring turns into summer. The shape of this rushing river carves an interesting pattern in the snow. The contrasting colours and the shape of it—it reminds me of human veins. It is the source that keeps the earth alive.
— Robert Kautuk
This Feature was originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly.