Great Lakes Project

The Great Lakes are a treasured collection of unsalted waters full of history, lore, power, and promise.

Growing up on an island in the Detroit River, I naturally developed a strong personal reverence and connection to the lakes.

I recall looking out on the river mesmerized by the freighters rolling by, zipping through the channel by boat, the risky lighthouse jumps into the swift current, and spending time immersed in fresh water.

Detroit River sun rising as the Queen of the Lakes and other freighters make their journey.

Years later, with camera in hand, I found myself on the dock watching the same freighters navigate the river. It was an unexpected form of reintroduction to a place I was very familiar with, yet I yearned to explore.

Photography opened up a new awareness for me serving as a porthole into a network of lighthouse keepers, the inner workings of our shipping industry, and the majesty of these lakes.

When we are in the tower awaiting the arrival or departure of a vessel; we think back on the real lighthouse keepers. We treasure our connection to the past and have a passion for sharing with future generations.

–Kim and Dan, Lighthouse Keepers, Muskegon, MI

The Muskegon Pier Light and South Pierhead Light are in good hands with Kim and Dan.
This is the gateway to the western Great Lakes. It is my home. Doing this work is a way for me to honor this land and the lakes.

–Mike, Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Port Huron, MI

My visit with retired U.S. Coast Guard Mike reminded me of the lakes' rich history.
We want the Milwaukee Clipper, a steamship on the interstate of yesterday, to sing again!

–Jim and Mary Louise, S.S. Milwaukee Clipper

While touring this ship, I envisioned the lakes of the past. This is a labor of love!
There is incredible value in this sense of place. It kindles a spark for the Great Lakes and offers a peek into the depth of it all... inspiring us to live unsalted.

–Stephanie Prechter, The Great Lakes Project

North Breakwater Light, Ludington, MI
Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

Detroit River views range from power of industry to super moon nights!

The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

–T.S. Eliot

Created By
Stephanie Prechter


Stephanie Prechter