It’s called Utqiaġvik, the northernmost city in Alaska – and therefore the United States – and is 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Here, every year for 65 days, the sun never rises, bringing down the earth, the houses, the roads, the cars under a cold blanket of snow, as well as darkness. This phenomenon leads to an increase in the suicide rate and in the use of drugs and antidepressants. Here the solastalgia, that feeling of malaise linked to the sudden changes that take place in the place where you live, is real, is palpable.
Photographer Mark Mahaney was fascinated by this place and this period of perpetual darkness, so much so that he dedicated an entire photographic project to it: Polar Night.
His shots are a journey to a place that is periodically frozen under meters of snow and with it even life stops, changes, slows down.
In our gallery, you can find a selection of the shots of Polar Night by Mark Mahaney.