Lake, Illinois, 1979
gelatin print, 10 by 10 inches
State Museum collection
Horseshoe Lake is in southern Illinois. It is an example of a swamp forest. The photographer caught the black shadows of the trees shimmering across the surface of the water, creating a mood of quiet and mystery. To find out more about Horseshoe Lake, go to its Web site developed by a class at Egyptian School. Learn more about Swamps in this module.
was a student at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale when the museum
acquired this photograph. Today he is a professional photographer.
in the front of a canoe with a student of botany sitting in the rear. She
was taking samples of water for a study she was doing on the health of
the lake. First, I noticed the very interesting trees that came right out
of the water, and while we were paddling, the reflection of those trees
also seemed interesting. So, from a low angle, leaning way over the front
of the canoe, I made the exposure on Tri-X film with a Hasselblad camera
and 80mm lens."
in the darkroom, the original negative was exposed onto ortho film and
Fine Line developer to make an enlarged positive and later contact printed
to make an enlarged negative. from here it is a simple contact print for
the first print."