My work is profoundly entwined in a family narrative that has coexisted for many generations near the shores of the Great Lakes; the works I create are a survey of a landscape and culture in transition. 

Upon examining the deindustrialization of a massive coastal basin in flux, over a broad span of seasons and bearings, my work investigates the parallels between the nearly imperceptible gradations of time and makes them perceptible through a series of film plate photographs. In this, the work scrutinizes both contradictions and connections as they relate to the Great Lakes through coast and water, man and nature, resources and reliances, commerce and narratives, realities and remembrances. 

I make film photographs of our human bond with nearly 10,000 coastline miles of the Great Lakes, manifesting into a visual language of landscape, strands of natural science, heritage, and culture, and the interconnection between an ongoing cessation of film mediums. 



I work with film because it requires a slow, disciplined, and artful approach to photography; these deliberate considerations allow me to form a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the landscape and the photograph.
— Photographer Ed Wargin