The Shore, is a series of limited edition photographs that examine the edge between Lake Michigan and the land it sits beside. Schatz began working on The Shore while shooting photographs for his ongoing Lake Series project. Schatz visited the shore each morning for the Lake Series. And over time, he began taking additional photos. These photos however didn’t quite fit the serial investigation of the Lake Series. Out of these photographs emerged The Shore series. These images examine the boundary between the lake and the city. Between lake walls and water. Does the water fold out over the land or does the land disappear beneath the lake’s surface?
Contested Boundaries, The Shore
The edge, between water and land, is always being contested. This is something that can be seen in many of The Shore photos. Dramatic changes to the contours of the lake have occurred over the last few years. Each spring, warm weather has brought with it high waters. These waters are high enough to encroach on the man-made boundaries. Erected to keep them at bay. Even high enough to erase entire beaches that sit along the city of Chicago.
Now, lake waters pool out over concrete and grass permanently. The lake has pulled many things from land; loose barricades, traffic cones and other equipment. The Shore looks to these events and seeks to create a world that extends the Lake Series project in new directions. The lake it would seem, after all this time, still has new things to show Schatz. From fog draped mornings to deep winter, perfect summer weather and cold darkness.