Isle Royale Reflection
"My notions about photography were being stretched by my rediscovery of pinhole photography. I suspect that my travels have always been arranged to satisfy my need to photograph. What I know for certain is that the two have always been inseparable. A camera of some sort, whether looped on my belt or fixed to a tripod, is essential as my pocket knife, or canteen.
Aladdin. The Kemmer cabin sits on a finger of rock along the west shore of Tobin Harbor. The panoramic view to the east looks through windows that run from end to end. There are no curtains and the gathering light swells in the room, pushing the chill from the air. If you happen to miss the expanding sunrise, the rays eventually warm your cheek with a rosy flush of daylight.
- Jeff Korte*
About the Artist*
Jeff Korte was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from August 20th to September 7th, 1991. He grew up in rural Minnesota and completed degrees in design, journalism, and environmental studies from the University of Minnesota. After college he worked for the National Park Service as an interpretive park ranger on the Mississippi River. He spent his days developing educational programs and photographing the river environments in the urban and wild mix of central Minnesota.
Pinhole cameras have reshaped his notions about photography. His camera of choice is a sturdy wooden box that has no lens or viewfinder; everything recorded to film must pass through a very tiny hole in a thin sheet of brass. The knapsack he carried on Isle Royale was filled with hand-built pinhole cameras, sheet-film holders, and lots of black tape, as well as his journal.
Last updated: December 13, 2019