Year of the Sunrise

My name is Bugsy Sailor, and on January 1, 2019, I began an ambitious resolution, to watch and photograph every sunrise of the year. I sought the sun, but what I found was so much more. So much in fact, that I have yet to miss a sunrise.

What started as Year of the Sunrise has grown into life of the sunrise. To date I have photographed over 900 consecutive sunrises, primarily from the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette County, Michigan.

Along the way, sunrise has slowed my approach to life, openend my heart, introduced me to love, navigated me through a global pandemic, and given me witness to more beauty than I can express. There have been -30º windhills, downpours, thunderstorms, blizzards, and no matter how gray the day, the sun still rises.

Photographs have been the tangible output of this journey, but it has never been about the photos, it has always been about the wind on my face, the sand between my toes, and feeling the sunrise. I stand by the notion that, no photograph of a sunrise is better than a sunrise in person.

I would love for you to join along in my journey while encouraging each other to watch more sunrises.

Bugsy Sailor

On This Day


Sunrise, on this day from 2019


Sunrise, on this day from 2020