March 27th, 2020

Lake Michigan on March 27th, 2020.

March 27th, 2020

a barren tree stands in a field of dried grasses with a soft pastel sky above
branches and dried leaves weave over fresh snow
a cold river moves through snow covered banks at the end of day in Wisconsin
snow blowing into drifts in a field of dried grasses
a field of dried and brown grasses, with seeds still attached on a gray day
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What marks time? How do we understand time’s passage? How can we imagine these markings have changed, with technology, with social and cultural changes, with shifts in religions and industries and families and lives. Can the humblest of materials, compost, be another way to understand ourselves in this world? Watching the beginning stages of both a material breaking down and also being born? From compost comes great possibilities and a nurturing that belies it’s sometimes unpleasant reputation.

March 26th, 2020

Lake Michigan on March 26th, 2020.

“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed.  Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.” – Epictetus

March 25th, 2020

Lake Michigan on March 25th, 2020, ten minutes watching the sun rising over the water. 

“Our origins are of the earth.. and so there is in us a deeply seated response to the natural universe, which is part of our humanity”

Rachel Carson

March 24th, 2020

Lake Michigan on March 24th, 2020, the wind has finally broken on the lake and birds have returned overhead, urging me on as I filmed this morning. A stillness, a peacefulness set upon me as I stood along the lakes edge. It is always here, its presence a constant, it’s character always in change.

March 23rd, 2020

Lake Michigan on March 23rd, 2020.

March 22nd, 2020

Lake Michigan on March 22nd, 2020.

March 20th, 2020

Lake Michigan’s waters undulate against the shore’s edge, a part of my daily ritual, this process, standing before the lake, has taken on new meaning in this time. To be able to be here, in this moment, to stop and to listen, is so very important. Please enjoy this five minutes from the shore on March 20th, 2020.

March 19th, 2020

Five minutes from my visit to Lake Michigan this morning. A heavy fog, a shifting blue lake, birds flocking overhead. A time for pause and reflection.

Standing Along the Shores of Lake Michigan

Watching/photographing the sunrise on Lake Michigan this morning-pure life force! You have to make it happen every day!

artist Lincoln Schatz stands in front of a sun rise over green waters of Lake Michigan with his camera

March 3rd, 2020 Lake Series- Lake Michigan

These are some of my favorite days to spend on Lake Michigan. When the separation from the water and the sky, between water and air, becomes hard to discern. These hazy, muted days, with their palettes of restraint, have a warmth that wraps around you, even on a cold winter day.

February 27th, 2020 Lake Series- Lake Michigan Year 5

March 5th, 2020 Lake Series - Lake Michigan

March 4th, 2020 Lake Series - Lake Michigan

big fluffy clouds in the sky over deeper blue waters of Lake Michigan
the artist Lincoln Schatz standing in front of Lake Michigan next to his camera on a perfectly blue day with fluffy clouds

Four and a Half Years

In September 2015 I began to photograph Lake Michigan daily for my Lake Series. Four and a half years later my ritual continues, it anchors me to the moment and the grandeur of being alive!

Trees & Tracks, Chicago

Trees are pruned heavily along the elevated train tracks on the North side of Chicago. These heavily shadowed forms have been of great interest lately. How do these figures take on new meanings as visual information is restricted. What happens when we exclude information, what new stories are told?

trees along the elevated rail tracks of the train on the north side of Chicago

February 20th, 2020 Lake Series - Lake Michigan

clouds along the horizon of an otherwise perfectly blue sky day on Lake Michigan

February 21st, 2020 Lake Series- Lake Michigan

February 20th, 2020 Lake Series - Lake Michigan

still skies and a tightly rippling waters of Lake Michigan

From Aspen to Chicago

A mockup for a new project that has been exploring the surface of the Earth at a different scale and magnitude. Photographs taken from Aspen Colorado to Chicago Illinois, evenly spaced throughout the duration of the flight?

Mary Ruefle, On Imagination

From fellow Bennington alum Mary Ruefle. This book reconnected me to myself. “In her recent work, Ruefle can seem like a supernally well-read person who has grown bored with what smartness looks like, and has grown attracted to the other side…. She is not writing with a prescription, or at least not one for this earth.” ―The New York Times

Lincoln Schatz holds a red book with a goat on the cover by Bennington alumnae Mary Ruefle

February 17th, 2020 Lake Series - Lake Michigan

Ice has broken and refrozen repeatedly before the morning that this photograph was taken on. You can see how smaller pieces of ice, disparate in shape and size, have begun to refreeze back together, following a momentary period of warmth. This is a process you can see all winter along Lake Michigan, with the waters of the lake endlessly creating new forms on its surface.

Short Lake Video, February 27th, 2020

Lake Michigan pushing water over the lake edge along the eastern edge of Streeterville, here in Chicago downtown. A late February 2020 day, with fog, wind and all the rest.

February 26th, 2020

“When the secret is exposed we look away, when the secret is hidden we try to see it.” Mary Ruefle

February 18th, 2020 Lake Series - Lake Michigan

Large pieces of ice began to break apart on Lake Michigan and these forms begin to rub and push and break against each other along the shore. Each piece slowly becoming smaller with the passage of time, these ice floes disappear and reappear throughout the winter and spring.

heavy ice floes along the shore of Lake Michigan
a dining room interior with spare furnishings featuring artwork of Lake Michigan by Lincoln Schatz

Lake Michigan Photograph Installed

A beautiful photograph shared from a recent project by the Chicago based designers Nelson Collective featuring a photograph of Lake Michigan by Lincoln Schatz.

Ice Shards, Lake Michigan

Pieces of ice have been forming and breaking along the shore of Lake Michigan all winter. These particular shards are so delicate, quickly melting away as they touch human skin.

a handful of broken ice shards collected along Lake Michigan

StoryMakers Festival in Washington, DC

“Artist Lincoln Schatz thinks about photos beyond framing and composition. On this 1-mile walk around Carnegie Library, he’ll challenge you to reset your creative habits and take photos based on how you feel. The streetscape will serve as a tool to create context and you’ll use iPhone to snap images inspired by your senses. Join us during Week 3 for video sessions during our StoryMakers Festival.”

Learn more about the event here.

Apple Store
801 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Transience, a book by Lincoln Schatz

Lincoln Schatz has a lifelong relationship with the sea. But as a native Chicagoan, the artist’s concept of a vast body of water is of the inland variety, one of a series of great wells carved by glaciers, filled in with icy fresh-water melt. Defining the city’s Eastern border, Lake Michigan’s lengthy reflection can cast a winter twilight in a glow of cerulean blue, extending over the urban skyline of glass and steel towers and to the Midwestern landscape beyond. Even urbanites ensconced in a frenzied, 21st-century pace, often blithely content to acknowledge the shore as a mere recreational asset or property enhancement, are soothed by the lake’s steadiness, unable to escape its magnetic pull. “Look east and you see the lake, only the lake,” says Schatz. “Turn around and you see Chicago.” Click here to read and see the entire project.

Photo Walk With Lincoln Schatz

Lincoln Schatz will be conducting an Earth Day photo walk as part of todayatapple at the Michigan Avenue store in Chicago on April 27th, 2019 at 2pm.

2019 Science-Policy Confluence Conference: Understanding and Addressing Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes

Lincoln Schatz spoke about his Lake Series project at the 2019 Science-Policy Confluence Conference: Understanding and Addressing Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes. It was sponsored by the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and the Northwestern Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN).

The conference took place in conjunction with the ELPC releasing it’s Great Lakes Climate Change Report. ELPC brought together eighteen leading scientists and experts from the Midwest and Canadian universities and institutions to put together this scientific report, highlighting the local effects of climate change. Released March 2019 with accompanying ELPC policy recommendations.

February 21st, 2019 Lake Series – Lake Michigan

Flying over a very frozen Lake Michigan on a deeply cold morning here in Chicago.

January 30th, 2019 Lake Series – Lake Michigan

Fog lays heavily early in the morning on Lake Michigan while taking photographs of a surprisingly beautiful sunrise.

January 29th, 2019 Lake Series – Lake Michigan

Light fog blowing over Lake Michigan.

Lincoln Schatz: “The Impossibility of Place”

“The Peninsula Chicago is honored to feature this exclusive exhibit by photographer, Lincoln Schatz, through 2018 in our 5th floor lobby. Lincoln Schatz, a local to Chicago, finds inspiration in the immersion of nature. His works provide an escape from the urban landscape and explore time and place within the immensity of our world. The experience of being in a forest, on a mountain, in a lake or ocean confronts him with just how insignificant one’s place is in both the physical world and in relation to the history of the world.

The Forest Walk Aspen photographs address the experience of hiking into the forests outside of Aspen, Colorado. As time passes during these trips, one’s eyes begin to adjust away from cities and phone screen. The eyes begin to reset, allowing the surprising density of the forest to overlay in one’s mind and memory.

The Lichen Big Sky, Montana and Lost Coast  photographs address detailed aspects of forests found in Wyoming, Montana and California. These photographs, in some ways, are the inverse of the Forest Walk, in that they provide detailed, up-close mapping of microcosms in the forest that modify themselves over time in infinite ways.” – The Peninsula Chicago

To learn more about the exhibition, please click here.

EXPO CHICAGO Lake Series limited edition IPA from Pipeworks Brewing Company

EXPO CHICAGO presents the Lake Series limited edition IPA from Pipeworks Brewing Company.

EXPO Chicago 2018

Proud to have EXPO Chicago 2018 feature my Lake Series for the 2018 art fair at Navy Pier.

ELPC Presents: Lincoln Schatz, Lake Michigan Photography Exhibit

“Lincoln’s stunning photos of Lake Michigan remind us of the importance of the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s effective advocacy to protect the Great Lakes. They inspire us and our colleagues who come to ELPC’s office for meetings and events to care even more about succeeding with the work we do together.” – Howard Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center.

Lake Flight February 28th, 2018

Sun pushing through clouds over Lake Michigan during flight today.

I have taken to the air!

“All limits are self imposed.”
― Icarus

New possibilities for photography and video.

February 6th, 2018, Lake Series – Lake Michigan

Holding stable over the ice on Lake Michigan while testing flights.

February 5th, 2018 Lake Series – Lake Michigan

Dark pastels and still water on Lake Michigan on a cold day for testing flight.


Lichen is included in the 88th Artist Member Exhibition at The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 East Ontario Street from 19 January – 24 February 2018.

The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday- Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Winter on Lake Michigan

A series of photographs exploring the edge of Lake Michigan during the cold winter months.

“Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis” by Liesl Olson

Excited to see my image “Hybrid Chicago” as the cover of Liesl Olson’s new book “Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis”, Yale University Press.

Watch Lincoln Schatz interview Liesl Olson at The Arts Club of Chicago here.

“This is modernism in all its technicolor glory, Chicago style: the literary ladies and the porkpackers, the Bronzeville poets and the scribbling ad-men. Dazzlingly learned, revelatory and a cracking great read.”—Deborah Cohen, Northwestern University

EXPO Chicago’s EXPO PROJECTS features Lake Series by Lincoln Schatz

Lake Series

Every Lake Series photograph from September 2015 – July 2017

Inkjet print 94″h x 58″w

Edition of 3

Expo Chicago

Lake Series at ikram

Installing a large six panel photograph at Ikram, in Chicago.

Diptychs & Triptychs

A series of diptychs and triptychs created in studio for testing larger scale printing and installation opportunities with the Lake Series.

Lake Series Production

Lake Series in production at Lamin8.


Starting work on a new Nightscape series. These were shot at North Avenue beach in Chicago.

Ice Floe Video

Ice blocks moving in a sheet together as waves push towards the shore on Lake Michigan.