The Idea of North is the culmination of a project that began while the photographer was at a ten-week artists' residency at the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Dawson City, located in the Yukon Territory. A town known for its rough exterior, Dawson City attracts people interested in an alternative way of living and as a former Gold mining town holds its fair share of dark secrets. Piontek's photographs engage an underlying dark tone that is consistent throughout this series. Unique portraits, dark interiors and landscapes weave together to capture an essence of a place, an essence that many may not want to find themselves living near, but to those who do, Dawson City is a haven of sorts. The photographs in this series are an absorbing account of the photographer's ability to not only document a specific place, but to transform this collection into her own notion of North.