“Landscapes are culture before they are nature” – Simon Schama
At first glance Lake Series appears to be a simple strategy of photographing Lake Michigan by framing the lake and the sky in equal proportions on a daily basis. Embedded in each photograph, however, is the human experience of place at a specific time; the physical conditions of temperature, wind, sound, and azimuth of the sun anchoring the artist and viewer within the continuum of time. The horizon line bifurcates each photograph, alluding to the future, to possibilities and to continual change. Each of the infinite combinations of weather and landscape are linked to mythologies and narratives that have been placed upon and derived from the lake throughout history. If the camera were turned 180 degrees it would capture the city of Chicago, replete with its man-made grandeur, dynamism, and challenges. The Lake Series can be seen as a fictional narrative, one that denies the metropolis which it adjoins. The absence of visual externalities is at once a political, social and cultural statement asking the viewer to consider their narratives in our time.