17 Miles of Shoreline
This body of work explores our profound and often futile attempts to constantly reshape, alter and control our oceans, rivers and lakes. The power of water is unmistakable and I've always found that its destructive force can often be as beautiful as its ability to provide peace, relaxation and fun. I began photographing The Big Lake, up in northern Michigan at 12 when my dad loaned me his Nikon F for the first time and unlocked the power of photography for me. And I never stopped.
What began as a few images of the erosion control measures put in place along the lakefront by the city of Chicago between 2000 and 2006 ultimately became my first series. At the time, I was still working long hours in the film business and often went to the lakefront to relax. I found the water’s destructive power as beautiful as its ability to provide peace and tranquility and began photographing at the water’s edge soon after I moved to Chicago.
At Water's Edge was the original title of this series, but I changed it to 17 Miles of Shoreline to reflect the actual distance I covered while photographing the shoreline between Evanston Beach on the north and Promontory Point near 35th street.
I used a Nikon F5 w/ AIS MF lenses and photographed the project primarily on Fuji Velvia transparency film along with with some Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film.
Edition of 15 @ 16" x 20"
Printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag fine art paper with archival ink - traditionally matted and framed.
This series is closed.