Heat River is a photographic study of a rivermouth and how the rivermouth changed over the course of a summer. The river empties into Lake Superior in a removed part of Michigan. The mouth is the meeting of the river and the lake; it is between the two bodies. The mouth continually erases its banks and re-draws them new. It exists in excess of an essential appearance or identification with a single body of water. It is the epitome of fluidity and change. With this work I aim to convey the rivermouth’s sheer particularity in excess of a stable identity.

All of these images were made within feet of one another at the site of the rivermouth. Through July into August I walked every night to photograph there. Each image is a long-exposure photograph; most are exposures of four to eight minutes. They were made an hour after sunset at the tail-end of dusk. These exposures brighten dim light beyond what eyes alone can see. Because of this, the time of day often appears androgynous. Some of these images are lit by both the sun and the moon. In many of these images the light is hazy and muted. This is from the smoke of forest fires in Ontario thickening the air over Lake Superior.



2021-ongoing

images