As I was editing some images this morning, all I kept thinking in my head is “Thank you glaciers for providing such nice subject matter!” It was a reminder that the Great Lakes region is filled with rugged coastlines courtesy of the glaciers that receded from here. They left behind some very unique and interesting shorelines for us to explore. I was thinking about the constant process of erosion taking place on the shore from each strike of a wave. It is appreciation to have relatively close access to this unique part of the world. It is a reminder of what once was here.
I am probably most excited with these types of landscapes, combination of rocky shores and water. It doesn’t matter if it is freshwater or saltwater. Most of these places were marine habitats at one point in our planet’s history. This is now the meeting place of land and sea. It offers endless possibilities for photography, for exploration, for questions. The exit and entry point to a former evolutionary existence.
I can only hope that some of my fascination with these places comes through in my work. Intriguing details are everywhere. Weaving them into a composition can be a challenge in itself. Perhaps most people will just see rocky shorelines. The deeper connection isn’t obvioiusly spelled out. There are no human signs telling stories of what was once here. No human figures to point out to us how to interpret what we are seeing. Unfortunately the language is foreign to most, including myself at times.
Yet there is a written story here. It just happens to be in a different language than a human one. The stories are in the numerous details etched in rock, left by a glacier, carved by the sea, blown by the wind. The pen is a strike of a wave, the carvings of ice, the movement of a continent. The stories here are written in the language of the landscape.