The Lake And Its Faces by jmgallen []
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Perimeter : a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan

by Kevin J Miyazaki

  Print book : Biography

The Lake And Its Faces   (2016-04-09)


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by jmgallen

I have often vacationed along the shores of Lake Michigan so I was drawn to “Perimeter” and am glad that I followed. Author/photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki circumnavigated the Lake taking pictures. The organization is four pages of with pictures of people found along the lakeshore or three pages of pictures with one page containing quotes from the object of the photo on the opposite page. After those four you get a double page lakescape.

The photos focus on the people who are presented before a black background. These are the people who work and play, and live and love alongside this great inland sea. They are a diverse lot, an elderly woman with her daughters, the policeman and park ranger, the longshoremen and tattooed skateboarder, the ferry captain and fisherman, the swimmer and the lifeguard, the painting and sailing students, the re-enactors and the tourists, well you get the idea. These are the people bring the Lake to life and draw their life spirit from it. As I studied the portraits I kept thinking, “Have I seen him?’ or “I know where she lives, works or plays”.

These are the faces of the people of the Lake. There are the faces of the Lake itself. In the lakescapes the colors change from brown to green to blue, the sunlight sparkles and the fog covers, storms threaten and whitecaps play, and the skies are blue and cloudy and reflect the setting (or rising) sun.

This book has few words, but much reading. We read the faces and outfits, tools and toys but mostly we read the Lake: The Lake that is beautiful and powerful, living and life giving. “Perimeter” is a book to peruse and ponder. Keep it where you can find it when you need something to lift your spirits. Don’t be selfish. Leave it where your guests can find it and share this treasure.

I did receive a free copy of this book for review.

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