There is something about old, dilapidated buildings that has always had an appeal to me. Part of it is that they represent a history. Dilapidated buildings have a story. While we may not know exactly what that story is, we can imagine them being constructed so many years ago (perhaps using outdated methods), used, live in, worked in, and weathered by time and environmental elements. Another appeal is their presentation of strong line and texture, which artistically I care a great deal about.

A friend who grew up in Michigan told me about this beautiful place called Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Intrigued, I took a vacation there and fell in love with the place. The nice folks at the Glen Arbor Art Association and Sleeping Bear National Park Service were kind enough to invite me to photograph there over several weeks.

I struggled for quite some time to think of a title for this body of work. Unexpectedly it appeared, like a gift, on the cover of a book in the window of an abandoned building in a small town nearby.