In these parts, we refer to Lake Michigan as just simply the lake. It is a rite of summer to partake in numerous lakeside activities: swimming, beach castles, boating, and beach walks. When Erik and I first moved here six years ago, Chicago’s beachy summer side was a surprise to us. Couples and families walk around town or take the bus with beach chairs and towels and bathing suits peek out from under sundresses and shorts. It’s really one giant celebration of the season – a huge Chicago party.
We have a view of the lake and sky from our apartment window. From this vantage place, we can see changes in the landscape’s personality daily. One moment it is calm and serene. The next day it seems choppy, active, and a little grumpy. Colors also change, moving from light blue to black with beautiful streaks, ombres, and patches. The view is just a magnificent abstract image. Nature once again shows us her genius on a gargantuan scale.
In the summer of 2010, I photographed the lovely lake landscape from our apartment window. To maintain consistency, each image was taken between 7:30 and 8:00 am from the same view using a Nikon 35 mm lens. Here are some from the series.
I can imagine these displayed as a series in many venues. To me, they function like abstract oil paintings, in the same vein as Turner perhaps. The ability of photography to move so beautifully into the realm of abstract landscape art makes this medium pretty interesting. While nothing could completely replace the luscious tactile quality of oils, photography has an edge that trumps traditional oils, I think. What do you think? Prints of this series are available through the PLUM studio.