Frozen Landscapes of Lake Michigan

A selection of photographs from December 2020 to March 2021 featuring the frozen winter landscapes of Lake Michigan. This past winter saw the topography surrounding the lake transform repeatedly into otherworldly scenes.

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willow trees stand in a heavy fog along the edge of Lake MIchigan, which is entirely obscured by the fog this morning, from The Shore series by Lincoln Schatz
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The Shore XVI, shows Chicago, covered heavily in fog, along the Lake Michigan edge of the Gold Coast region
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landscapes of lake michigan reveal an icy world of varying layers of snow on the ice
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the frozen edge of a lake wall cuts diagonally across this photo of the landscapes of Lake Michigan
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landscapes of lake michigan reveal a frozen world on shore, covered in snow, dark green icy waters cut diagonally across the top
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Heavy storms in February impacted access to the lake. With deep snows and long periods of cold continuously transforming the shoreline. The edge between the lake and the land was often blurred. If not entirely impossible to discern. Winter is generally the most dynamic season on Lake Michigan. For several weeks this past season, each new day revealed an entirely new landscape to photograph. The coldest days of winter came in February and along with this weather came subtle and unique light and color. Often the sun was filtering through gentle cloud cover after storms had passed by. Because of this, many of these photos have an ethereal quality to them.

Landscapes of Lake Michigan

Icy Lake Wall

This collection of photographs are part of a larger, ongoing body of work by Schatz entitled, The Shore. An ongoing limited edition series, The Shore, explores the convergence and interaction of land and water along the shores of Lake Michigan. These photographs by Schatz study both the man made and the natural. Seeking to understand the intersection and impact of each on the other. Along with this project and the Lake Series, you can also view, Lake Ice. A video artwork by Lincoln Schatz that explores the surface of Lake Michigan by air here. Captured over one winter, this video artwork reveals an astonishing world few get to see.