Dune and Sky

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Dune and Sky

Spring is one of my favorite times to explore the dunes of West Michigan because you encounter forms that have been created over months and have not yet been trampled by the crowds of summer. As I hiked in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area on an early spring day I was arrested by this sensual curve.

The strong, shadow free light of mid-day lent itself perfectly to this exploration of line and symmetry. A polarizing filter deepened the sky and enhanced the contrast between sky and sand. I think of this image as my homage to Edward Weston, a photographer who often explored the surprising echoes of the human form you can find in nature. My wife, who is a writer and loves word play, calls this my dune nude.

I took this image the same day as “Dune Grass and Lake Michigan.” It strikes me that many of my most successful images are fraternal twins—brothers and sisters born on the same day but not sharing an identical genetic heritage. More, I think, than could be attributed to mere chance. I believe this comes from a wonderful resonance between extraordinary circumstances and my own heightened awareness. I live for those days.

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