I live in Leland, Michigan. I drive past a little sign on the side of the road indicating the location of the 45th parallel every day on my way to work. Leland is a small town, but its natural beauty attracts a lot of tourists during the summer months. I think it’s important to capture the unseen phenomena of my hometown during the less populated seasons and, by extension, the entirety of the 45th parallel — not just its more well-known locations. The parallel passes more notably through cities in France and Italy, but also through Croatia, Russia, Mongolia, Canada, and other, more obscure cities. This image is the view from my house. Sure, you can see Lake Michigan like anyone in Leland can, but the unique perspective in this photo belongs only to those standing on my porch. There is a lot more to Leland — and the parallel — than just what initially meets the eye.
Kate is a sophomore at The University of Michigan, originally from Leland, MI. She is studying International Studies with a concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity. In her free time, she enjoys photography, poetry, coffee, and bonfires.