My editorial images of Lake Superior, of food artisans, fishermen, bakers, restaurants, and animals, appear in Lake Superior Flavors , (University of Minnesota Press 2014). I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to compile my favorite images (some of which didn’t appear in the book), but I can only suppose it is because the undertaking was large to begin with. My husband Jim and I traveled around the lake several times over the course of a year and in between other projects. Then the editing and promoting of the book. Somewhere in there my father passed away, we had a son, and time has marched on.
Along the way, we ate a lot of smoked fish, went herring fishing at dawn, ate popped wild rice, had a huge selection of pannekoeken, Tim Horton’s coffee, and enjoyed some of the oldest and most beautiful views in the world along the North Shore.
I am honored and thrilled to show off this book of our collaborations together. There were new challenges, both photographically and logistically (how does one keep a camera dry in a herring skiff, how best to convey the vastness of the lake), and that lead to so many new opportunities and triumphs. Jim’s writing is excellent, using food as a lens to discuss history, culture, and community. The lake is a uniting force in the lives, as the mountains are for those who live in the west. You are always aware of where you are in relation to the lake, it brings a gravity to your travels.
Because I live in South Minneapolis, where all things are named in honor of Longfellow’s famous poem “The Song of Hiawatha”, I thought a quote might be fitting:
Bright above him shone the heavens,
Level spread the lake before him;
From its bosom leaped the sturgeon,
Sparkling, flashing in the sunshine;
On its margin the great forest
Stood reflected in the water,
Every tree-top had its shadow,
Motionless beneath the water.
– Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha
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