This feature collects images of Lake Superior across all four seasons; one of my earliest attempts at creating fine art. This “attempt” was very casual–not taking myself to serious. Then it started to take on a life of its own.
It started in August 1990, while traveling with some friends up around the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. After a few trips it started to morph. After each roll I processed, it transformed into a more conscious, serious effort. I could not wait for the next time we traveled to the Great Lake! Then it really clicked, I had a purpose, a calling if you will. This project became an obsession. I decided I would photograph Lake Superior in it’s entirety with all the states surrounding it, in all four seasons!
It took almost six years, several rolls of 120 film, many hours in the darkroom, and patience. I shot the entire project with a Hasselblad camera and various lenses, all in black and white. I also processed and printed each image, and final matting and mounting. The work was featured in a few galleries around the Twin Cities and I have considered publishing the work. Today I owe much of my creativity to that work. It continues to inform my artistry and style, as I continue to grow.
Thanks Melanie, Sean, and Tim for the friendship and companionship on many of those trips!