A contemporary art photography series by artist Lincoln Schatz that explores the daily changes of Lake Michigan since September 2015.

Lake Michigan is always and never the same. It is the nature of change. Its depths reflect a human truth: we are constantly evolving even as we stand in the same skin. Photographing Lake Michigan is my daily ritual. I witness its shifts and moods. By capturing discrete moments, I chronicle the passage of time. There is no constant, there is no end. LAKE SERIES is an ongoing exploration that began in September 2015. Information on the print edition can be found here.

A selection of photographs from the Lake Series appear in the book Transience. Cadence, a new video by Lincoln Schatz, that meditates upon Lake Michigan over the course of June to July in 2019 can be seen here and a new collection of photographs focused on the colors of spring, entitled The Emotional Power of Color, can be seen here.

Lake Series Photographs By Year, 2015 to 2020

Lake Series, 2020
Lake Series, 2019
Lake Series, 2018
Lake Series, 2017
Lake Series, 2016
Lake Series, 2015

December 2015

brown gray waters riffling under a light gray cloud filled sky
Lake Michigan, December 29th, 2015
a black and white photo of waters on the lake with a reflection from the moon in the waters
Lake Michigan, December 24th, 2015
dark clouds form on the left side of this photo over dark gray lake waters
Lake Michigan, December 18th, 2015 (2)
a light blue sky with delicate clouds sitting above a deep blue lake
Lake Michigan, December 18th, 2015 (1)
dark green waters under a streaked cloudy gray skies
Lake Michigan, December 17th, 2015 (2)
sun pushing through gray clouds over a gray lake, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 17th, 2015 (1)
gray clouds build in a sky over dark green lake waters, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 14th, 2015
diagonal white clouds stream across a brilliant blue sky over a still Lake Michigan that reflects the sky above, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 11th, 2015 (2)
horizontal wispy clouds in a light blue sky over deep blue lake waters, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 11th, 2015 (1)
green waters sit under a dramatic purple gray sky, with yellow horizon line, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 10th, 2015 (2)
a rippling cloudy sky sits over the deep green lake waters from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 10th, 2015 (1)
a light blue sky with no clouds sits over a still green blue lake, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 9th, 2015
a light blue sky with fluffy purple clouds reflects in green gray lake waters from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 8th, 2015 (2)
the sun pushes through clouds over a mute gray lake from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 8th, 2015 (1)
fogs gently appearing over purple gray clouds and a green gray lake, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 7th, 2015
clouds are lazily filling a blue sky over a gray green lake michigan, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 4th, 2015 (4)
a very light blue sky shifts into these orange tones near the horizon over deep blue green lake waters, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 4th, 2015 (3)
light blue sky shifts into orange tones over a blue green lake, from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 4th, 2015 (2)
a peach and pink filled sunrise on Lake Michigan, the colors filling and reflecting in the waters from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 4th, 2015 (1)
a green blue lake moves gently beneath a flat light gray sky from the Lake Series, December 2015
Lake Michigan, December 2nd, 2015