I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2017!
I missed going out last year on New Year’s Day and decided at the last minute this morning to go check out one of my favorite spots. Michigan weather is quite erratic this time of year before we get into the really deep, sustained cold of Winter. While we had some good lake-freezing temps earlier in December last year, it been rather mild since Christmas. In combination with the high winds, much of the ice on Lake St. Clair is nearly gone.
So to my surprise, when I am normally the only one out on the lake this early except for perhaps a few ice fisherman, the parking lot was packed. Not only packed with cars, but boat trailers! I wondered what the heck was going on. Even if the lake was open water, you rarely see boats this time of year. I started connecting the dots as I walked the shoreline and started seeing numerous people in camouflage along the shoreline with a variety of duck decoys floating in the water.
I developed this photograph with an intentional ominous, violent feel to it… externalizing uncertain internal feelings regarding the future, local, national, global. My 2017 then erupts into gunshots as I clicked the shutter.
And the ironic part of the morning is that I drove to this spot listening to a discussion on NPR about appreciation of silence.