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.
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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.
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Cliff Bayfield County, Lake Superior, WI June 2017
Matt in front of the cabin, Washburn, WI. June 2017.
My husband’s father Tom Johnson, bought 40 wild acres of land up near Lake Superior back in the late 1950s.
The land has been untouched except for clearing the smallest number of trees possible so this “chop wood -carry water,”cabin could be built in 1998 with his father and brother. The whole family is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of this land as a refuge for animals and the family to enjoy in perpetuity.
The people who own land in this area are frequently under pressure of economic development and rising tax bills on their wild land.
Stay tuned for more on the details of this story. Many thanks for reading!