Dead River Falls is part of the series Eyes Make the Horizon.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an insular body of land in the Upper-Midwestern United States. The largest freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes, defines its borders and seeps through its interior, isolating the peninsula. In November 2015, Michael Zuhorski began living near the peninsula’s north shore with the intention of photographing over a period of several years.
‘Over time the act of looking became insular in sympathy with my surroundings. My practice began to articulate the environment’s effect upon my state of mind and my mind’s effect upon the environment.
These interactions were guided by the ubiquitous presence of water. I photographed the effects of water upon the peninsula and the wetlands, rivers, and lakes that cut through and enclosed it. I became fixated upon the idea of water as a body – dynamic and distinct from its surroundings yet completely tied into them. This is analogous to the way I understand myself in relation to my surroundings. Eyes Make the Horizon became a means to ask where I end and the world begins’.