In late summer of 2015 I found myself relocating to Sheboygan Wisconsin. This move pulled me from the unglaciated Driftless region where I had grown up with a strong connection to the mystic rolling hills of the Ocooch and their ancient understanding.
I settled a couple blocks from the shores of Lake Michigan and quickly became absorbed with the energy of the lake. In the Driftless I had been working on a series of landscapes that explored access to unknown place. The work breaks landscapes down into a series of lines that roll over themselves. I grew accustomed to having multiple lines from the horizon to consider, leaving me perplexed when it came to understanding the single horizon line waiting out across the lake.
I often use photography as a way to explore and collect my thoughts on subjects, so I began taking photos daily along the shore from a location near my apartment. Spending day after day along the shores, I began to find the familiarity that comes when you spend focused time with a place or idea. The potential for new ideas within such a constant horizon became apparent watching the first ice shelf build. Over a week-and-a-half long cold snap, slowly the mass materialized off shore, emerging from the steaming water. A thin layer thickening over three days, pushing and rounding itself into singing frozen discs. Soon it froze over completely into a whole new mass just off shore, growing thicker and longer as the waves crashed into it and pushed over the surface. While the consistency of the cold snap created a new mass off shore to explore, it also shared a work of unimagined potential.
This collection shares a portion of the daily photos I have taken over the past year and a half. Originally I had the idea to share my favorites, however choosing proved challenging. As it is, every day Lake Michigan presents a new perspective full of opportunity and hope.
A photographic meditation, along the shore of Lake Michigan.
50over50atmos is a collection of images captured from the same location daily, exploring the ever changing color and texture of Lake Michigan.
Shipment of first printing is scheduled for December 21 upon receipt from the printer.