Throughout the Great Lakes region there remains intact the construct of peoples gone before. It’s not so long since white men were new upon this land and we made quite a mark, in so short a time. Much of what remains today does so by happy accident. Sometimes, it’s through the generational will of families born to a love for a particular landscape and ever reluctant to leave.
In this gallery are images of places afforded no formal protection. It includes structures with a date on the calendar scheduled to slide them over into Wreckage.
It’s been said that if a structure can’t survive on the land, then it didn’t deserve to be there to begin with. Held to that measure, there’d stand only pyramids, Anasazi dwellings and the occasional mysterious circle of stones.
Though indomitable and intent to strike our mark upon the sky, we’re a short-lived, transient people. We build things to suit us. When our tasks are finished or once we ourselves are done, our structures fall to faint echo upon an everlasting land. Before the cultural landscape and after it, there is the land. Within these galleries, you’ll find photographs of places that echo with the story of poor folk. No one builds pyramids to them. Theirs' is a story already in pieces, scattered across a rich, hard place.
Around Lake Superior is an ancient land awash with remnants left by waves of people shrugged off like so many seasonal pests. A land indifferent even to monuments of Capital and Industry, much less modest structures meant only to serve a hard-working people for just so long as they could survive such indifference. A land that once we leave it eagerly reclaims its own.
And to leave no trace of us behind.
13”x19” paper -- $200 ea.
19”x24” paper -- $375 ea.
24”x30” paper -- $500 ea.
Captured in the field on large format transparency film using the finest traditional means,
no reproduction on the Internet can adequately convey the qualities of these images.
I strike high resolution scans from select originals then work from digital files, applying traditional darkroom techniques. When each image meets my final approval, I craft single prints from only the highest grade materials, taking full advantage of state of the art archival inks, papers and methods.
Properly presented and cared for, my prints will provide decades of reflection and pleasure.
All images are available for purchase in limited editions, signed and numbered. I offer handmade prints in three standard paper sizes, with the image sized to fit comfortably on the paper to allow for matting and framing. Actual final size of each print is determined by the image itself. Shipping costs are additional. All prints are shipped flat and fully insured.
Due to the discontinuation of large format film stocks, Iíve recently begun shooting medium format transparencies and some of those images now appear on this website. Though the 120 format has long been a professional medium, for the time being Iíll offer prints of those images only up to the 19x24 size.
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