There's a new photographer on the mushing scene. One who is only 12 years old.
His name is Sigurd Utych, and he's from Newberry, Michigan.
I met him recently at the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog race. He immediately saw the Canon 7D in my hands and honed in on me like a hawk.
"Nice camera!" he said excitedly. "Can I hold it?"
He handed me his Canon Rebel and I handed him the 7D. "Wow, this is like my dream camera," he said.
Sigurd has a passion and focus not many 12 year old's share. And he conducts himself completely professionally. Not only did he shoot photos of me and all the mushers at the race, at the end of the day, he approached me and asked if I wanted him to send copies of the photos.
Well, the disk arrived in the mail today, along with a piece of hand torn paper with these words handwritten:
Photos by Sigurd J. Utych
Thank you, Sigurd! You did an exceptional job, and with your focus, talent and drive, you will go far.
My team and me leaving the starting chute at the Tahquamenon Race. Photo by Sigurd Utych
Heading down the trail. Photo by Sigurd Utych