Nome may indeed be the kind of place that is best found through happenstance rather than planning. Soth found it in May 2006, when he traveled there from his home in Minneapolis on assignment for GQ magazine. "Being dropped into new places is why I take assignments," says the photographer, who mixes fine-art work with photojournalism. The story was about a local police officer involved in a murder case, and, says Soth, "it never panned out." Instead, he took in the wide landscapes, the rugged local characters, the clouds that seemed to hang ten feet overhead, and most of all the dull sunlight that shone until midnight. Standing behind his 8x10 camera, he knew he was a long way from the American heartland he photographed for his celebrated book Sleeping by the Mississippi (Steidl, 2004). He had arrived at the American frontier.