Photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki’s images are worth 1,800 miles, the distance he traveled around Lake Michigan to capture the water and the people who use it – a project showcased in his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan.
Miyazaki was commissioned by Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art to portray the lake and capture its importance for communities and individuals along the shoreline. He defines that importance through a series of portraits of the water and of the people who use it, from surfers and environmentalists to fishermen and swimmers.
To capture each portrait, Miyazaki set up a portable studio along the lakeshore in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Many of those he photographed shared their thoughts on why the lake is so important and intriguing to them. The diverse subjects he captured against his black backdrop raise unique voices above the waves of the vast lake that connects them all.
Miyazaki also photographed the water as he went, creating waterscapes of the ever-changing lake affected by weather and time.
With 140 color photos and a map of photographed locations, Miyazaki’s book expertly reflects the natural beauty of Lake Michigan and its admirers. For a copy visit wisconsinhistory.org/shop.