Belmont Harbor in Winter

Nine views of the Belmont Harbor in winter. Each day presenting a different landscape. Taken over the course of February 2021 as the lake and harbor froze and thawed repeatedly. Watching as the lake changed form, I wanted to study this transformation through a serial project that focused my camera on the shore. Every winter presents new discoveries for me. The way that ice and snow form and dissipate is always revealing new subtleties. How the light changes so dramatically from the summer months to the cold short days of winter. This year has seen both incredible color and also storms that brought periods of heavy and perpetual snowfall that entirely altered the landscape.

February 1st, 2021
views of belmont harbor
February 1st, 2021
February 6th, 2021
views of belmont harbor
February 6th, 2021
February 14th, 2021
views of belmont harbor
February 14th, 2021
February 17th, 2021
views of belmont harbor
February 17th, 2021
February 18th, 2021
a light tower sits out on a scorpion tail break wall that protects the man made beaches of Lake Michigan from the waters off shore, from The Shore series by Lincoln Schatz
February 18th, 2021
February 19th, 2021
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
February 19th, 2021
February 20th, 2021
a ladder emerges from the blue waters of Lake Michigan, from The Shore series by Lincoln Schatz
February 20th, 2021
February 22nd, 2021
a ladder emerges from the blue waters of Lake Michigan, from The Shore series by Lincoln Schatz
February 22nd, 2021
February 23rd, 2021
a scorpion tail of concrete curves to the left into Lake Michigan with a muted sky, from The Shore series by Lincoln Schatz
February 23rd, 2021
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During the summer this harbor entrance is busy with life both on land and in water. But as winter stretches on into February this area becomes much quieter. Especially this early in the morning. Often, I am alone when I arrive. On several of these days even the geese and ducks were absent when I got to the lake shore. The outer harbor not being able to provide them with enough cover overnight in the heavy winter storms.

See all of the photographs from the last five years of the Lake Series here or follow along as I explore this and other projects on my instagram account.