It is September in Alaska, which means the fishing season is finally slowing down for us fishing guides in Homer. It also means that we have more time to hang out and goof off with friends since we’re not offshore fishing seven days a week.
A few days ago I caught up with some of the guides from Pig Problem, Inc. and went out for a little target practice. Most of these guys do thermal night hunts for hogs out of Americus, Georgia during the winter months and work on fishing boats in Alaska during the summer.
Ring leader Maximus Maximum was training up a new recruit and refreshing skills with handgun drills to put down charging boars or cardboard hitmen or something like that. I really just tagged along to take photos and smell gunpowder.
We headed east of Homer to an unnamed hillside with a gravel berm and no one else around. I shot a few fish this summer, but otherwise I had not tested my aim since the spring when we took the nephews out for a lesson. In typical Fall-In-Alaska fashion, the winds were gusting and the clouds were floating, but our aim was true. Well… for the most part.
As the guys were loading their pew pews, I loaded up my trusty plastic Holga film camera with a roll of Ilford HP5 and asked them to awkwardly pose with their guns. These are the resulting pictures.
Shooting with a Holga film camera is always fun because you’re never sure what you’re going to get.