The Mourning Flags


This summer has been a very tragic one for the NWT and its Airline community. With three fatal crashes in a few short weeks, spirits have been shaken and our grit put to the test.

Northerners pride themselves on working in some of the toughest conditions in the world, because we are tough people. Never the less, we are tough people filled with sadness at the loss of our family, friends, and co-workers.

A friend of mine, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, introduced me to a line of thinking that put a silver lining around the dark clouds that have been looming.

There are elements in life that destroy hope, faith, happiness, and love. It is easy to fall pray to this destruction, especially when it is all around you.

My friend encouraged me to create something. When it seems like everything is being torn down, build something.

Create a positive attitude. Create a piece of beautiful art. Create a loving community.

Create something that will last forever.

I made this photo to commemorate my friend lost in the Air Tindi crash on Tuesday.

The flags at half mast is a sign of mourning known to everyone. I burned the edges of the photo to emphasize the bright center. With the flag poles leading the eye directly into that bright spot, it gives the feeling of ascension.

Creating this photo made me feel better. And I know, because we’re tough people of the North, others are creating too.

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