Photography In Dutch Harbor Alaska

May 4, 2013 by  


Rob Hurlbut In Dutch Harbor, Alaska

    After spending three months in Dutch Harbor Alaska working for Westward Seafoods, I have a lot to say and I have many photos to show. Depending on what mood I’m in, what I have to say will either be about the terrible time I had working at Westward Seafoods or about the great time I had exploring Dutch Harbor. I’m in a great mood right now, so aside from saying that you should not work for Westward Seafoods at their racist, unsafe plant I’ll leave the issue for other posts. THIS post will be about the photographic opportunities that Dutch Harbor has to offer. The photo above is a 10 second exposure with me flashing a light on my face three times at three slightly different positions, that’s why you see my pretty face in the middle of Dutch Harbor.


Rob Hurlbut Uncropped In Dutch Harbor, Alaska

    Above is the uncropped version of the first photo in the post. Dutch Harbor has no trees so it looks like someone shaved off the portion of the Rocky Mountains that is above the tree line & dropped it in the Bering Sea. There is some wildlife on the island in the form of waterfowl, foxes and especially bald eagles. The rest of the wildlife wonders are found under the sea just as the fauna are found under the snow.

Unalaska Dutch Harbor At Night

Unalaska at Night

    As evidenced by the constellations in the photo above, this is the north side of Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska. Even after spending three months there I still don’t know what or where Dutch Harbor is, relative to Unalaska. I think Unalaska is the name of the town, while Dutch Harbor is a geographic feature of the island on which the town is located but I really don’t know for sure. Anyway, from the Westward Seafoods plant where I was working, the area below is where people went when they “went into town.” This area has a library pool, recreation center and a very old Russian Orthodox church, visible in the lower center of the frame. To the south, on the other side of the mountain I was standing on when I took this photo is the airport, a grocery store, a bar and a liquor store. Guess which side of the island was more popular?

Russian Orthodox Church in Unalaska Dutch Harbor Alaska

Russian Orthodox Church In Dutch Harbor, Alaska

    Above we see the Russian Orthodox Church that is visible in the previous photo as well as the mountain I was standing on for that particular night shot. The far right of the photo was my perch for the previous shot and the left of the photo, obviously out of frame is the harbor.


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  1. Alex Mariano on September 19th, 2013 2:40 pm

    Hi Rob, let me first thank you and let you know that I appreciate what you did in here. I presently work with Westward for 9 months now, I arrived here , same as you are, January 2013 and I totally experienced and still experiencing what you described here. During my first month I thought I'm not gonna be able to finish the season. My first 3 days, my hands was frozen when I was assigned in pull-guts section…while working, I can't believe that there's such a working condition like this in America, thought this only happen in China or some other country where human trafficking is rampant, anyway, went to safety the next day and all they can say is just soak it into hot water. What I heard is that the company is under Japanese management, maybe that's one reason why we're treated that way. It seems that people stay because they don't choice, like me, I'm just taking my time to learn what I can learn.Like you I'm thinking of not coming back once I have enough savings. Thought of writing about this experience however I not a good writer like you so I keep it to myself. Hope this will reach and wake the company's main office and higher ops to do something about it. Please mention the free food they serve in the galley, hope you can give comments to it as well. Hope to hear from you. Goodluck!

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