Photo of the Week

Mayflower Beach Sunrise

A beautiful sunrise at Mayflower Beach on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Joseph Classen.

This sunrise image is quite possibly my number #1 most popular photograph. It was first featured in the September 2013 issue of Alaska Magazine as a full, two-page spread. Since then, it has been seen and showcased all over the world. As of 2017, it is exclusively available only as a limited edition fine art print.

This photograph is also very special to me because of the story behind it. I captured this image in the summer of 2012. At the time, I was working as the pastor of a church on Kodiak Island. Late one particular night (very early in the morning, actually) I was called to the hospital to pray with an elderly man who was a church member, and, who was about to pass away. After the customary prayers, I stayed for quite some time in the hospital room with the family. The kind old man passed away around 3:30 AM. When I left the hospital around 4:00 AM, I was very tired, but too emotionally wired to sleep. So, I drove out to a remote beach to reflect about the experiences of the night/morning, and to watch the sunrise behind a little set of islands. As you can see…it was a spectacular sunrise, indeed! It was a fitting end, and a beautiful new beginning for a soul who had entered into eternity.

As with all images featured in the Photo of the Week blog, a large sized print (16 x 24 for this image) is available in any style at a 25% discount…but only during the week it is featured…so act now if you’d like one!