(Searching For) A Little Anderson in Alaska

I live in Alaska, and have lived here my whole life. Okay, I did move to Arizona for a hot second but it wasn't for me... Creatively, it can feel like a total struggle. Alaska was basically colonized with a boom-and-bust mentality. Our current economy fluctuates and we will see steady periods of little growth. What that means is we don't often see updates to buildings and businesses and things get pretty rundown around here. What that also means is that this town can be bit of a time capsule if you just adjust your eyes and see the *magic*. Three years ago I started a little personal project. I began to search out Wes Anderson-esque environments and locations around my town. Last week I went to our old bowling alley. At one time the alley served as a terminal for Pan Am. I love how weird modern Alaskan history is... I also took advantage of our (totally empty!) railroad ride last summer. That was unplanned but when I stepped on the train I was ecstatic.


Most people have LOADS of these locations around them. Trust me. If Alaska has them, you do too. You just have to have a keen eye and know what to really look for.