My photographic art is inspired by the power and beauty of Lake Michigan.
The large-scale images enhance commercial and residential spaces with unique visual interest and a sense of local pride.
I work collaboratively with my clients to create an exclusive and personalized piece of art to complement their home or business — adding drama to the space and stirring an appreciation of nature.
I also serve the design community and the public with interior photography services, photo walks, and speaking and training. Finally, I offer unique hand-made wardrobe accessories featuring my images. Visit VIDA to see the entire collection.
Lake Michigan inspires me every day. I am driven to capture it at every opportunity — in any weather, season, or time of day.
My dual passion for photography and the lake achieves two important goals:
1) Helping people bring their love of the lake into their spaces in a dramatic and visually interesting way, and
2) Expanding appreciation for this powerful natural resource in our backyard.
Through my art, I aim to promote a love and respect for nature in general, and Lake Michigan in particular.
When you purchase one of my images, I hope it will evoke memories of moments spent on the lake, a new determination to enjoy it in the present, and inspiration to protect its health for generations to come.
I invite you to browse through my online galleries. If you are moved by something, contact me and we'll work together to find the perfect image and display method for you. I want our work together to be a meaningful collaboration.
In my photographic work, I seek out unexpected moments — of action or calm, of drama or subtlety, of color or gray — in the natural and manmade worlds. The intersection of these two powerful forces is where I discover the most beauty and interest. Specifically, I draw insight and inspiration from the conflict between nature and man’s strengths and fragilities.
When choosing a subject and creating a piece, my end goal is a captivating, often large-scale, image that infuses wonder and calm into the soul of the viewer while inspiring an appreciation of nature, promoting stewardship of our natural resources, and instilling a sense of pride and place.
With an emphasis on my community of Evanston, Illinois, and stretching out to Chicago and the North Shore area, I focus largely on the unifying thread that links them together: Lake Michigan.
This magnificent body of water is a huge, powerful and life-enriching force, but it is relentlessly challenged by man. Sometimes the lake perseveres — eroding breakwaters, altering shorelines, and filling in shipping channels and boat launches. But it also battles the infiltration of industrial pollutants, the attack of invasive species, and the effects of neglect and indifference, all of which compromise its water quality and aquatic life. I aim for my photographs to serve as a reminder of the simultaneous strength and fragility of Lake Michigan and the importance of protecting it.
I prefer to shoot in the early mornings and late afternoons when there is the most vivid color, interesting light, complex shadows, and weather and wildlife activity. Because these “golden hours” are so short, the moments of intense color and visual interest are fleeting, which elevates the intensity of the images.
In keeping with my intent to convey natural beauty in our urban environment, my images are left as unaltered as possible to reflect what I saw through my lens. My artistic efforts center more on shooting — subject selection, composition and timing — than on post-production.
I also align my love of nature, the lake and the environment with the mounting, framing and display of my work by using sustainable wood products, incorporating recycled or reclaimed materials, and limiting the use of plastics and chemicals. This green approach reflects a respect and reverence for the natural world.
I am proud and privileged to have the opportunity to create and sell fine art that is beautiful, is environmentally conscious, and adds interest and value to residential, public and corporate spaces.
EvanstonMade, Invited Artist to Display in Evanston's Mayor's Office, 2018
Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, Michigan, 2018
Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan, Evanston Arts Center, Evanston, Summer 2017
Lake Michigan in Photos, Heller Nature Center, Highland Park, 2017
Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan, Art NXT Level Gallery, Chicago, 2017
The Many Moods of Lake Michigan, Curt’s Cafe South, Evanston, 2017
Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2017
Evanston Art Center Art Expo, Evanston Art Center, Evanston; 2011–2017
Evanston Made Exhibit, Chiropractic First, Evanston Art Center, 2016
Manmade vs. Lake, Morton Grove Public Library, 2016
Five Elements, Noyes Cultural Art Center, 2016
Central Street Art Walk, Evanston Art Center, 2016
Evanston Art Center Spring Expo, Evanston Art Center, 2016
Sights of Evanston, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 2015
Shared Creations, Bridgeport Art Center, 2015
Identity: Art Inspired by the Great Lakes, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Office, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2015
Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan, UIC (University of Illinois, Chicago) Health and the Arts Clinic Gallery, 2015
LENS2015, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, 2015
Lake Michigan Images, Evanston Public Library, 2014
Peregrine Falcons of EPL, Evanston Public Library, 2014
ARTATTACK Harbor Country, Featured artist at Susan Fredman Home, 2014
ZIA | Gallery, Winnetka, 2014
I Heart Ink, Chicago Photography Center, Chicago; 2012
Art Loop Open, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Block 37, Chicago; 2010
What We Worry About: 10 Chicago Artists and Their Green Concerns, Global Alliance of Artists Exhibition, Chicago Center for Green Technology; 2010
Owner, Ted Glasoe, Artist (2009–Present)
Create large-scale and commissioned fine art prints for business and residential interiors. Specialize in images of Lake Michigan and Chicago. Online gallery at www.tedglasoe.com.
5th International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography – Invited Artist
11th Pollux - Landscapes & Seascapes, Finalist, Landscapes Category
The 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award, Juried by Chris Walker; Finalist, Landscapes Category
4th International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography – Invited Artist
7th Pollux Awards – Finalist, Landscapes and Seascapes Category – Professional Section, 2014
The Worldwide Gala Photo Awards, Honorable Mention, Street Photography 2012
The Worldwide Gala Photo Awards, Honorable Mention, Fine Art 2012
“Last Call,” 1st Place, Fauna Category; Chicago Park District 1st Annual “Nature in Chicago” Digital Photography Contest & Exhibition; 2010
“Capture My Chicago, III,” Coffee Table Book by Pediment Books, 2013
“Capture My Chicago,” Coffee Table Book by Pediment Books, 2010
General Partner, The Glasoe Group • Evanston, IL (1997–2011)
Graphic Designer, Chicago Symphony Orchestra • Chicago, IL (1998–1999)
Graphic Designer/Technical Specialist, Rotary International • Evanston, IL (1991–1998)
BA, Theatre and Drama, Acting Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 1985
ASID Industry Partner