Photographer Anze Osterman recently returned from a seven week stint on the remote Marble Island in Alaska, where he met Zach, an oyster farmer.
He documented Zach and his life on the island for the duration of his stay. Here is his story.
“Deep in Southeast Alaska, surrounded by whales and bears, lies a remote island known as the Marble Island, and it’s rich in its namesake. More than a hundred years ago, The Vermont Marble company was located on the island. When you walk through the forests you can still find abandoned settlements and quarries scattered across the island.
While I was visiting the island, I met Zach. I was staying there with a family of fishermen/oyster farmers, and he was working for them while living in the woods in a cabin. Zach was born and raised in Japan before moving to the Alaskan wilderness with no roads or signal, where he discovered a completely new world. Zach spends his days in the arms of the cold ocean, working on a floating oyster farm, fishing and exploring the area. Sometimes half a year goes by without him seeing a town or other people besides the family on the island. These photographs are a visual journal of my seven weeks long experience living on the Marble Island with Zach.”