Photo of the Month

Mayflower Beach Sunrise

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

I featured this photo several months ago, and due to popular demand, and the fact that many missed out on the sale price, I’m featuring it once more as the Photo of the Month for July. 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 Month blog, a large sized print (16 x 24 for this image) is available in any style at a 25% discount…but only during the month it is featured…so act now if you’d like one!