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Artist in Residence 2011

Munising Falls by Paul Petersen
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News Release Date: September 30, 2011
Contact: Pam Baker, 906-387-3700

(Munising, Mich.) Photographer Paul Petersen from Muskegon, Michigan, has been selected as the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Artist In Residence for 2011.  

As the Lakeshore's Artist in Residence, Peterson will live at the national lakeshore during the last week in September and the first two weeks in October. "If you happen to see Paul in his journeys through the lakeshore, he is more than happy to discuss his work," according to Park Ranger Pam Baker.  

Peterson's love of photography began when he was 12; a school teacher gave him a camera and taught him how to develop film. Paul's photography reflects a combination of talent, technical skill and knowledge of his subjects. He has amassed a large body of architectural, nature and portrait work. 

As a photographer, Paul is self-taught with his own unique style. His understanding of nature, his love of people, his energy and attention to detail bring an amazing ability to capture images that show the subtle emotions and sights he sees in life and nature. Paul said he "honors God for the talents given him and feels blessed in being able to share these talents with others." 

On Thursday, October 6, Paul will present "Photography Techniques for Capturing the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore." The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Alger County Heritage Center located at 1496 Washington Street in Munising. 

On Friday, October 7, Paul will lead a photo walk to the Au Sable Light Station. Meet at the lower Hurricane River Campground at 4:30 p.m. for an evening of photographing the light station and beach. The campground is 12 miles east of Grand Marais, Michigan, on Alger County Road H-58.

For more information on these presentations and the Artist in Residence program, please contact Park Ranger Pam Baker at 387-3700. 

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Did You Know?

Mineral seepage creates the vibrant colors shown on this close-up photo of the Pictured Rocks cliffs.

Mineral stains give color to the famous cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Red and orange colors are iron, black is manganese, white is limonite, and green is a trace of copper. There are no pictographs or petroglyphs on the Pictured Rocks cliffs (that we know of). More...