Aleda Yourdon has been involved with photography most of her life. She began seriously studying the art form in 1969, and attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City before moving west in 1973. In Utah, her work appeared in various exhibits and publications as she developed her style. Yourdon’s move to Alaska in 1982 came as a result of a need to experience a different lifestyle that seemed more immediate and real. In Kodiak she worked in the fishing industry while continuing her photography with the local papers and theatre groups. She also helped create the Visual Arts League of Kodiak and coordinated an annual fine arts show. Yourdon has lived in Homer since 1991. She has been a regular exhibitor in the statewide juried shows Rarefied Light and Alaska Positive. Her photographs can be found at Ptarmigan Arts and High Tide Arts in Homer.