This exhibit explores man vs. nature through 10 of my photographs featuring manmade objects juxtaposed against Lake Michigan.
You’ll see breakwaters, boat launches, boardwalks, water intakes and more. Some were designed to protect our beaches and property. Others are aids to navigation. Still others facilitate recreation and commerce.
By showing these objects in various stages of their lives — from newly built revetment walls to the last remnants of pilings poking above the water’s surface — I aim to illustrate the symbiotic relationship we have with the lake.
We rely on Lake Michigan for our drinking water and recreation that enhances our lives, but we also abuse this magnificent body of water with pollution and neglect. The lake is fragile and susceptible to our actions (and inactions). But it is also very powerful and can be destructive. It continually fights to reclaim its natural boundaries, replace sand that has been moved and beat down the structures we’ve put in its path.
I hope viewers will not only appreciate these images for their aesthetic value, but also come away considering how we treat the lake, how we will leave the lake for generations to come, and to appreciate it for the magnificent natural wonder it is.