Michael Wilson

Boston - photographers

"The Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race, has become something of a tradition in Northern Maine over the last 30 years. The 250-mile race is a qualifier for the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest, some of North America's most famous races.

For this project I followed a couple of mushers through their preparation for the race all the way to the finish line. This was a project I had pitched to Maine Magazine, and was so delighted that they too were interested in this story. There is something that is very freeing as a photographer to be able to spend so much time with your subjects. Most important for me was to show the bond between the mushers and dogs, it wasn't the same bond you see between pets and their owners, but more of a bond that forms only with shared hardship and experiences."