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 2019

a light blue overcast day from the Lake Series, December 2020, where clouds are starting to form delicately in the sky over still and muted Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan, December 30th, 2019
from the Lake Series, December 2020, a gray and faded day on Lake Michigan, the water reflects the light clouds in the sky above
Lake Michigan, December 27th, 2019
a mirror-like Lake Michigan reflects the clouds and sun light that are causing the over cast day to take on warm undertones, the waters of Lake Michigan are a green blue and without much movement
Lake Michigan, December 26th, 2019 (2)
a beautiful day on lake michigan where clouds have started to fill a piercing blue sky, lake waters gently ripple in the lower half of this photo from the Lake Series, December 2020
Lake Michigan, December 26th, 2019 (1)
the sun is just beginning to rise, cresting the horizon that splits this photo of the lake in two, the waters of the lake still in darkness, purple tones inflect both clouds and water
Lake Michigan, December 25th, 2019 (3)
a dramatic sun rise on the lake featuring purple, pink, yellow and pastel colors while the lake glows in reds and purples beneath
Lake Michigan, December 25th, 2019 (2)
a brillaint and intense red, purple and yellow sunrise colors the entire photo from Lake Series, December 2020, the water glows reds and deep purples as waves roll in to shore
Lake Michigan, December 25th, 2019 (1)
from the Lake Series, December 2020, the sun rises over Lake Michigan in a fog, obscured it glows in the surrounding mists, the sky and waters taking on bronze, sepia, and purple tones
Lake Michigan, December 24th, 2019 (3)
a heavy fog sits on Lake Michigan and you can only just see the edges of waves appearing in the water beneath the foggy sky
Lake Michigan, December 24th, 2019 (2)
a heavy fog fills the entire photo, purple and blue in color, a slight bit of lake water appearing in the lower left corner
Lake Michigan, December 24th, 2019 (1)
a beautiful day on lake michigan where a diagonal bank of almost transparent clouds fill the sky above slightly rippling deep blue lake waters
Lake Michigan, December 23rd, 2019
from the Lake Series, December 2020, wispy clouds begin to fill a yellow sky further as the sun rises over a faded blue-black Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan, December 22nd, 2019 (2)
a beautiful yellow sunrise fills the upper half of this photo from the Lake Series, December 2020, the waters of Lake Michigan sit underneath in a contrasting muted purple
Lake Michigan, December 22nd, 2019 (1)
icy lake near shore with a muted day on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan, December 20th, 2019 (2)
another muted blue and brown day on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan, December 20th, 2019 (1)
blue and yellow clear sky over rolling water on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan, December 19th, 2019
clouds on the horizon of Lake Michigan, blue skies and deep blue brown waters from the Lake Series, December 2019
Lake Michigan, December 18th, 2019
a clear blue sky with pastel horizon on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan, December 17th, 2019
a brooding gray day on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan, December 16th, 2019
hazy and foggy gray day on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan, December 11th, 2019
beautiful blue skies with light puffy clouds that fill the right half of the photo, over a somewhat rippling blue Lake Michigan from the Lake Series, December 2019
Lake Michigan, December 10th, 2019
a gray day on the Lake, with heavy cloud cover and green lake waters
Lake Michigan, December 9th, 2019
the lake is starting to churn with waves forming and heavy clouds in the sky overhead
Lake Michigan, December 6th, 2019
a perfect blue day on the lake, waves are rolling slowly towards shore, the waters a rich blue tone reflecting the light yellow in the sky near the horizon
Lake Michigan, December 5th, 2019
not a cloud in this brilliant blue sky over Lake Michigan on a windless day from the Lake Series, December 2019
Lake Michigan, December 4th, 2019
yellow and grays fill a cloudy sky where the sun is pushing through from behind, but not fully being shown, the lake waters are a strange gray brown and green color
Lake Michigan, December 3rd, 2019
a very gray day on the lake where clouds are fully filling the sky overhead and the waters starting to pick up movment, the waves a green color
Lake Michigan, December 2nd, 2019