Englishman wants to produce book about Wales -- the one in Alaska

mdunham@adn.comJune 29, 2013 

Ed Gold, an English photographer, has traveled around the world documenting all things Welsh. He's produced a lush album book about a Welsh colony in South America and even explored a connection between Wales and the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Much of his traveling has been by motorcycle, but when he decided to head for Wales, Alaska, far off the road system, he had to fly, like everybody else.

Last week he told the Daily News that he was as smitten with the Inupiat village as he was by its namesake back in the British Isles. But he was also stuck by the fact that no one had done a photographic record for Alaska's Wales quite like he'd done with the Welsh of Patagonia.

"The Native people of Wales do not have any books to represent them despite having lived (near) the Bering Land Bridge for thousands of years," he said.

Gold threw himself into taking photos of the place summer and winter, and formulated a proposal for a full color book that would combine fine art photography with text addressing the history and society of the area. He'd like it to be published in English and Inupiaq and have a portion of any profits from the book sent to the village.

But having a great idea and photographic talent isn't always enough to get a book deal. Gold's proposals have been turned down so far and he's getting perilously close to having his visa expire. Without a contract, he said, he'll have to leave the U.S. and the past several years of work will have been for naught.

With the clock ticking, he is trying another idea to get his visa extended: perhaps a black and white version to keep down costs, or landing a deal to create a fine art photography book about Alaska motorcyclists.

Harleys are a passion for him, it turns out, so he'd readily throw his heart into such a project. But, he said, the main reason for striving to stay in America is to complete the Wales book. In fact, he said, he'd like to do something similar for villages across Alaska's west coast.

Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332.

On the Web

See pictures Ed Gold took of Wales at

picasaweb.google.com/105019410398876753475/WalesAlaska2013

and work he did for BBC at:

bbc.co.uk/news/ in-pictures-22751686

There are links to both sites at adn.com/artsnob. Contact Gold at info@edgold.co.uk.

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