Lake Michigan lifeguard stand on Kodak Plus-X

Margaret and I drove up to Lake Michigan at Michigan City a few weeks ago. It was about 50 degrees out, but as usual the wind was quite strong off the lake. We both had only medium jackets on, and they weren’t quite warm enough. But we pressed on for some photography anyway.

This closed lifeguard stand on the deserted beach was interesting to me, so I photographed it a number of times in its context.

Lifeguard stand, Lake Michigan
Lifeguard stand, Lake Michigan
Lifeguard stand, Lake Michigan
Lifeguard stand, Lake Michigan
Lifeguard stand, Lake Michigan
Lifeguard stand, Lake Michigan

I made these photos in my Olympus XA on Kodak Plus-X (expired 2/2000 but stored frozen). I developed the film in Rodinal 1+50.

I also shot about half a roll of Kodak Tri-X at this location, including a bunch of photos of the lighthouse here. I’ll share those images soon.

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17 thoughts on “Lake Michigan lifeguard stand on Kodak Plus-X

  1. Greg Clawson says:

    Jim, photos like these are timeless. You can’t tell if they were taken yesterday or 70 yrs ago.

    • There is one thing about these photos that does date them — the LCD panel at the top of the lifeguard stand. But you have to be eagle-eyed to notice it!

  2. DougD says:

    Deserted indeed.

    My son had a shirt with that logo on the front with the caption “Over here! I’ve found bacon!”

  3. Thanks, Jim! Any one of these would be impressive standing alone. But seen as a group- there is one that really stands out. It’s like seeing the proof sheets that contain a famous published picture, and realizing that some of the frames not chosen were also pretty damn good

    • One fun thing about this series is that I didn’t shoot the photos in this order, but after I saw the scans I realized that there was a natural progression among the images I had. That’s the order I put them in here!

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