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“Same Location, Multiple Perspectives—Photographs of water and woods in northern Wisconsin and Michigan” by Catherine Lange and Michael L. Ruth—With 24 poems by 13 regional poets. 100-page, full-color, 12” x 9” softcover book with 80 photos and 24 poems. Available August 8, 2022.
SEE WATERFALLS AND WOODS DIFFERENTLY. Michael L. Ruth says his multiple time-lapse and long-exposure images “are not your standard snapshot of a river.” Catherine Lange says her photos of still lifes in nature “create a sense of dreamlike perception.” This book includes 80 photos taken in 2021 and 2022 together at the same places but from their own unique perspectives. The places photographed: Amnicon Falls, Copper Falls, Lost Creek Falls, Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome, Houghton Falls, Little Girl Point in Ironwood, Mich., and the Ashland shore and Oredock.
Thirteen regional poets (from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Ontario) contributed 24 poems—including several written to photos in the exhibit. The poets: Jan Hasselman Bosman, Eric Chandler, Jan Chronister, Naomi Cochran, Yvette Viets Flaten, Crystal Spring Gibbons, Carol Good, Catherine Lange, Howard Paap, Mary Louise Peters, Diana Randolph, Peggy Trojan, and Lucy Tyrrell.
In the preface to the book, Alan Brew, Professor of English at Northland College in Ashland, Wisc., and the Executive Director of its Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, says Catherine Lange, Michael L. Ruth, “and their poet friends use photos and words to explore what it is that rivers, and experiences with water more generally, say to each of us. In doing so, they help to build bridges that we desperately need in these tumultuous times. Bridges that connect us to the stability of rocks from the basement of time and to the lifeblood that courses through each of our veins. Bridges that close the gaps between us, helping us to understand and appreciate the diversity of our perspectives. And, perhaps most importantly, bridges that transport us into the essential beauty of moving water and flowing words.”
CATHERINE LANGE earned her B.A. in visual arts from DePaul University in Chicago and completed graduate study in photography at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology. She has worked in communications, publishing, and graphic arts in Chicago, New York, and Wisconsin. In 2006, she broke her tie to urban living, working in Rochester, Minn., which felt like a small town compared to Chicago. After that, she moved to a “really small town” in central Wisconsin and then moved farther north in 2011 to Washburn, Wisc., on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. She has served on the board of the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council and has also served on the Wisconsin Arts Board. In addition to being an active photographer, graphic designer, editor, painter, and occasional poet, she is also a Reiki Master Teacher and a Tai Chi instructor.
MICHAEL L. RUTH earned a B.A. in Photography and Cinema from Ohio State, an M.Ed. in Graphic Communications from UW-Stout, and an ED.D. from University of Minnesota. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, leaving home at 13 years of age, he has lived in seven states. He has held jobs from stable boy, baler of hay, taxi driver, construction worker, account clerk, printer, pit crew for an NHRA team as well as a Land Speed Record motorcycle team, advertising production manager, TV set and graphic designer, and concert rigger, ending up teaching animation and special effects at Minnesota State University Moorhead. After 28 years living in Fargo-Moorhead, he retired and moved to Detroit, where he lived for five years working as an events production coordinator. Michael returned to Minnesota in the summer of 2019 where he is busy creating photographic images and Op Art.