Location is everything. Or so they say. To add my own twist to a famous Einstein quote, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library sunrise.”

In the context of this project, it couldn’t be more true, mostly. For 99 out of every 100 sunrises I know precisely where the sun is going to rise. For the other 1% there are mornings where I don’t worry about where the sun is rising, and other mornings where I simply miscalculate where the sun is rising.

Choosing where I watch sunrise has been a deliberate choice every morning. There are mornings I’m motivated to take a long drive, mornings where I barely crawl out of bed in time. Much has changed from 2019, where I put as much emphasis on a variety of locations as possible. I’ll admit, the longer the journey has gone on, the less energy I have poured into trying to get to new locations.

For about 95% of this project I can be found photographing around Marquette or along Lake Superior.

Many of these locations I’ve become intimate with, knowing exactly where on the trail there’s that root is that I tend to trip over, or knowing just when I’ll pass by the guy with his dog.

Location to me has raised questions. What’s the name of this location? How has the name of this location been colonized? Who is Clark? Who is McCarty? Where does Mccarty’s Cove end and Shiras Park begin? Why do I never feel inspired at Wetmore Landing? How many people are going to be at McCarty’s Cove, enough to avoid it?

For the purpose of this project, location is defined by where I am standing and not where I am looking. Here are the most frequent sunrise locations during these sunrise years.

Every sunrise location

Frequent sunrise locations