On one of my first nights in Duluth, I met photographer Kip Praslowicz for a drink at the Brewhouse. We talked a bit about his photographic process and implausible preference for massive, antique cameras. He showed me a few of his pictures (which you can also see here) and I was immediately taken by them.
I asked Kip what he’s working on in the near future and he mentioned a photograph he had in the works with a fella named Rich Narum, who’s been jumping into the lake once a month for over 15 years. Perfect. Shortly thereafter, I was interviewing Rich on the shore of Lake Superior:
Such a durable and respectful commitment was the exact kind of meditation on Lake Superior I was hoping to find while in Duluth. Superior is such a dominant feature of the physical and cultural landscape here, and everybody’s relationship to it seems to be somewhat different. The ‘drop of water’ explanation is ideally simple and complex.
I’ve since spoken with Rich many times, and there are layers and layers to his character, of which jumping into the lake is just one. I imagine there will be more from him in the space in the near future.