2016 / Editorial / Photo Essay

Ponoi Monotone

  • Photographer
    Jess McGlothlin
  • Agency / Studio
    Jess McGlothlin Media

The Ponoi River, drifting through Russia's Kola Peninsula, draws fly-fishermen from around the world. The men come to chase salmon, all too often missing the details — the politics of an international guide team in fishing camp, the intricacy of resupplying a tundra camp, and the beauty of an old Sami reindeer herder's hut.

"McGlothlin is as much a journalist as an angler, creating a visual with words and images like a modern-day lady Hemingway." - Outdoor Hub Jess McGlothlin sees her mission as a simple one: tell stories. Working as a freelance photographer and writer, while on assignment in the past few years she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, stand-up paddleboard down Amazon tributaries and eat all manner of unidentifiable food. Jess is available for contract, editorial, and assignment work, and is currently based in Bozeman, Montana.