Indiana Dunes

October 25th, 2009 by Collin Canright | Filed under Photography.

I grew up near the Indiana Dunes. As a child, we’d go out to the Indiana Sate Park to the beach. Battles between industry on the Southern shore of Lake Michigan and the preservation of the natural beauty of the Dunes were sources of conversation and concern throughout the time I lived in Chesterton. I hiked in the Dunes with my family, friends, and alone for many years. I rode my bike out there.

Most of all, I loved the sense of nature and tried to capture their beauty, desolation, and the juxtaposition of nature and industry it in photography.

As I’ve sorted through pictures and writing for this retrospective, the most of the photos themselves and the stories of how I came to take many of them will come later, as I continue. In the meantime, I have attached an incomplete article I wrote on the Dunes and the people I met while photographing them in the summer of 1983. The photo below and the photoset are from November 2004.

View more of Collin’s photos of the Indiana Dunes.

Read Dune Days in Indiana.

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