Michigan Photographer Shoots Lake Superior Sunrise Every Day of 2019

Lake Superior features one of the harshest winter climates found in the United States. Despite temperatures as low as -32°F at times, photographer Bugsy Sailor visited the shoreline every day in 2019 to shoot the sunrise for his project Year of the Sunrise.

“Most sunrises we experience in life are by happenstance,” Sailor tells PetaPixel. Typically, it’s something we see on our commute to work, from the kitchen window, or while lying in bed. Rarely is the sunrise the destination.”

Sailor did make the sunrise his “destination,” and he resolved to visit that destination for 365 days.

“More documentation than artistic expression, this project was about commitment,” he says.

Here are 24 sunrises he shot in 2019 — one sunny and one gloomy photo from each month:

January 1, 2019
January 29, 2019
February 15, 2019
February 28, 2019
March 13, 2019
March 23, 2019
April 16, 2019
April 20, 2019
May 8, 2019
May 24, 2019
June 4, 2019
June 8, 2019
July 5, 2019
July 30, 2019
August 28. 2019
August 5, 2019
September 18, 2019
September 21. 2019
October 14, 2019
October 16, 2019
November 4, 2019
November 6, 2019
December 4, 2019
December 11, 2019

“If my 2019 New Year’s resolution was to ‘spend more time outside and take more photos,’ it would have lasted a month,” Sailor says. “However, by giving myself a specific resolution of photographing every sunrise, it gave me a very simple commitment that results in a lot more time outside and with my camera.

“I wanted to be deliberate in seeking nature and time outside, beginning each day outside, regardless if it was a -32º windchill or sideways rain or a complete whiteout.”

You can find all the photos from the project on its webpage. You can also find more of Sailor’s work on his website.

Image credits: Photographs by Bugsy Sailor and used with permission

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