Filming in Bristol Bay: Day 1

By Elijah Lawson; Crossposted from Elijah Lawson’s blog, Tails from Bristol Bay. Tails from Bristol Bay is a 2013 documentary film project to introduce the fishermen of Bristol Bay to consumers across the country.

On Thursday night, June 6th our camera man arrived in Dillingham. We shook him out of his bunk early Friday morning as time is tight with fishing season drawing nearer. We were on the water by 5am. The good thing about getting up early? Check out these amazing sunrise photos and you will know.
Leaving Dillingham at 5am on the way to Nushagak Point for our first day of filming

Leaving Dillingham at 5am on the way to Nushagak Point for our first day of filming

Here comes the sun, still on the way to Nushagak Point

Here comes the sun, still on the way to Nushagak Point

Sammy is taking us to his summer home.

Sammy is taking us to his summer home.

Sammy is taking us to his summer home out on Nushagak Point. He’s worked Bristol Bay for two decades. He inherited his set net site from his dad. By the time we land the sun is fully up. When you are running your boat at dusk, dark or dawn the watery space you move through is like a cocoon. You are wrapped in the space and nothing exists past the few feet of visibility you have.  Sunrise magically opens up the sky and the world around you opens up with it. It is crazy how the sky and the water are the same gold and black tones with splashes of blue. At certain times of day you can’t tell where one starts and the other ends.

We find Nushagak Point just as we remembered it from last year.  Wild, rugged and like no one has ever been here. You can see that ribbon of beach where we pulled boat ashore in greater detail in the next blog post, First day of filming, Part Two: climbing. Stand by for more…

Nushagak Point sunrise

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