It was so cold that one day my cable release just snapped in half but lord the beauty of this amazing landscape.
I could hear the breath of the lake as it headed against the shore, the crack of ice from far away.
We saw a mink, several eagles, and the foot prints of many tiny beings.
There was a deep silence that settled the mind… expanding consciousness.
Each visit to this the place is different.
I don’t feel I’m making landscape photographs per se, but rather portraits of the livings trees, the rocks all the beings which inhabit this magical place.
The Persistence of Vanishing Things
Lake Superior in winter
This is available for purchase as a limited edition and artist proof. Your purchase directly supports my continued work up here.
I’m exploring climate change and the dramatic alterations I see to the shore of the lake but also something about our own connection to the land and water, our states of mind and how deeply we need beauty in all its many forms and conditions throughout the cycle of life. I see myself and all of us in this land, these trees.
Each month of work requires about $600 for a rental space, costs of travel by car, food and photo supplies.
Lovely small prints on 5×7 paper are $25 on archival paper
Also lovely, a little larger prints on 8×10 paper, are $100
Please use the contact page to arrange your purchase. Shipping is additional and varies with where you are. CC, Venmo, Zelle, check, PayPal all accepted.
So grateful for your appreciation the work, each hard won image.
The Persistence of Vanishing Things
Box Set No. 1 of 4
Fully archival if properly handled.
These sets juxtapose images from urban Chicago with work from my long term project documenting the constant change in the fragile north Wisconsin Lake Superior coastline. Literally the ground crumbles beneath my feet some days. Trees plunge into the icy depths and are rolled by the muscular water.
Curiously it’s also the place where I feel most whole and at peace. It’s sacred space for me.
Lake Superior is critical as a piece of our water supply for the whole country. We must bear witness and protect this body of fresh clear water.
Box set 1:4 $75 plus shipping
Your purchase helps support my ongoing work on Lake Superior. The goal is eventually have a traveling exhibition and a book that not only documents but is beautiful art as well.
On-line print sale!
You can have this beautiful photograph of trees falling slowly into Lake Superior in the midst of an arctic fog, in which the temp difference between the air and water creates a magical mist. We were so fortunate to witness this beautiful phenomenon on the very first I started this project. I think it was a blessing from the lake.
This day was almost a year ago and I’m still working up there making not only documenting but making art that shows how the coastline of Lake Superior is changing so rapidly that in some places it’s vanishing completely. Many of the places I’ve photographed simply do not exist any more.
This long term project is titled, “The Persistence of Vanishing Things.” I plan to continue working on it for several years but right now I’m working on funding the next 8 months. Each purchase makes more of this important work of bearing witness possible.
This image is a Piezo print made by me. The image measures 4×6”. Fully archival and ready for framing.
This photo offers you or a dear one an image of a delicate and vanishing landscape to remind us how delicate, how precious our life, our planet is.
$50 plus shipping
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Thanks and blessings.
The Italian Gentleman
Analog film, scanned and platinum/palladium print
Artist’s proof available for purchase.
Please inquire via contact page for pricing and shipping.
Your purchase supports my ongoing documentation and fine art photography work about the disappearing coastal landscape of Lake Superior.
Thanks for your consideration.
Feeling a bit under water?
We can get busy with life, so busy that we lose track of who we are and what we want and who we most want to be.
If that sounds like you at least sometimes, then you are not alone.
If that sounds like you, I have the perfect little get-a-way this January, less than 2 hours from Chicago.
If you’d like to reclaim your inner creative kid, join us.
If you could just use some quiet and beauty, join us.
Let’s help your inner muse bloom.
Learn more and register here. Space is limited to make sure you feel well cared for.
James does lighting for a living but he brings an even brighter light to his everyday life.
He’s gone through life changing experiences and always seeks the wisdom inside those moments of hardship.
Many thanks for his willingness to step into the shrubbery for this portrait and for his grace always.
Not sure what it is that draws me to this place, but the pictures made here have a feel to them I find intriguing and compelling.
Maybe it’s a feeling of emerging from a dark place to a lighter one.
Or, stepping out of entanglements, mental, emotional- patterns which trap us.
Maybe it’s the mystery. That thing just beyond knowing.
Part of me really wants to know but the artist part says – don’t know and that’s cool. Just keep going.
Maybe you have that feeling too sometimes.
Lovely roses thanks to Michelle of Blumgarten in Pilsen. @blumgartenco @blumgarten