The Persistence of Vanishing Things (December edition)

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.

Print Sale

The Persistence of Vanishing Things

Lake Superior in winter

2018

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.

B and W Boxed Set Sale

The Persistence of Vanishing Things

Box Set No. 1 of 4

Piezo prints

~5×7”

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.

Online Print Sale!

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

Venmo, Quickpay, CC

Order quick for the holidays! There’s still time.

Thanks so much for your support.

Buy your print by sending me a message using the contact for

and we will set up details and payment and have your print on its way!

Thanks and blessings.

Hillary

Underwater

Commissioned portrait

A friend saw a photo he really liked and asked if I could photograph him in my own take on it.

I’m always up for a good challenge.

We were both really happy with the results.

What great idea do you have for a conceptual photo portrait? Let’s make something fabulous together.

Use Contact Me to reach out for your own special portrait, (thoughtfully priced)

James with and without Roses

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

Jimmy’s Tree

This tree has lived a long time. Longer than the landlords who own this land know actually .

Trees have a different sense of time than we short lived humans do. It’s sheltered many animals over the years. Squirrels, woodpeckers. Seen many people through good times and hard ones.

Provided sheltering cover during hard times.

This tree has given so much. And has in return been loved.Friends have gathered around and beneath her. Gardens have grown. Love has come and gone. Children once small are now adults flying free from the nest.A full harvest of love and loss, the full spectrum of life has danced here. And now, some say it’s time for tree to be cut down. It’s limbs are old and brittle. They could fall and cause injuries.

What if there was a different story?

The tree might be tended. Yes, she is elderly, requiring care.

But so don’t we all?

What if we made that offering?

Shared our love for the community and sheltered a little longer under here sweet branches, sang a few more songs, danced slowly into the twilight together?

Flash Print Sale

Flash Print Sale:

Please share with anyone who might resonate with this. (Thank you.) Here’s one of the images (on a contact sheet) I made up on Lake Superior from my most recent trip.

This location is about 10 hours from the city of Chicago and extremely quiet; The only sounds are the crashing of waves, the creaking of tree branches, and the subtle slipping of earthy clay underfoot as it gives way to erosion, a process exacerbated by climate change.

This pair of trees still stands tall at the edge of the cliff yet I know that quite likely they too will topple, claimed by the Lake.

I wonder at how we and the trees are alike, here for a time, our existence fragile and fleeting.

This land literally changes moment by moment. By the time I’m up there next time this landscape will look completely different.

When you purchase one of these prints you get a little moment of wild beauty, pure wilderness, and a reminder of our connection to the great wild spaces and the solace of solitude they offer amidst the hue and cry of every day life and work.

We must do what we can to protect these beautiful places. At the same time they remind us to attend gently into our own hearts and minds with quiet compassion and care.

Prints are available of this image in a flash sale for $100 each in support my ongoing work investigating the place of human beings as part of the web of inter- existence of all things, and about the cycles of life from birth to death.

Send me an email to purchase your print.

Deadline for this flash sale for this piece is Sunday, October 7.

All prints will be handmade on archival fiber 8×10 paper. Image size is 5 x 5.

Thanks so much for your consideration. Prints may be sent anywhere in the world. Shipping additional based on location.