(Report by Jim Burnham)
Keith is recovering from a head cold at the present time so I am going to be filling in from Illinois for the time being.
The photos today are a continuation of those from yesterday. The lone winter fishing boat entering the small, ice clogged gateway to the river is a fantastic shot by Erhardt Peters. Imagine back in the early 20th century, setting up his camera on the ice castles and waiting for the right shot. Erhardt was not just a documentary photographer, he was an artist as well, adept at previsualization and composition, and a patient observer. If I have taken anything away from Erhardt’s style I learned to look for the “decisive moment”. Even though Henri Cartier-Bresson coined this term in 1952, Erhart Peters predated him as he documented Leland from 1920 to 1940. You can see many of his great photos at the Leelanau Historical Museum as well as in the Blue Bird. As for the bottom photo, if you are unsure of where that is, imagine being on the road into the harbor looking south. Ricks Cafe deck would fill up the left side and the Cheese Shanty would be around where the larger boat is on shore. This is where boats were brought up to build and repair. To see more photos from this collection do a keyword search for 2004.25 at this link: http://leelanauhistory.pastperfect-online.com
I’d like to give my Dad some time to recuperate. He has also found the daily report difficult to do lately, especially this winter, and on top of that, he is trying to get over a bad head cold. Because of this, we are going to go with a “less than daily” report for the near future, or at least until I can get up there on a more regular basis (yes, that is a hint of things to come). I’ve hinted at changes coming in the future and I think it’s time to move forward on those plans. I’ve always managed this site from afar and knew that at some point this effort, which Keith has completed voluntarily for 18 years, would become too difficult. That’s why we added Meggen a few years ago. She has filled our needs with more enthusiasm than we ever expected. I have been working in Information Technology for 30 years now and I feel the time is right for a change. It just doesn’t make any sense to continue this from Illinois.
The Leland Report will go on. My intention is to continue this site and build on it in the form of a more permanent location where we can sell not only our images, but offer unique photo workshops and excursions in the area. When and where this will happen is to be decided. In the meantime, we might designate a day for our fans to submit their photos and thoughts. I’ll make an announcement when I figure out a way to manage that. What do you all think?