Local photographer Mark Heithoff's "The Lake" is a series that was four years in the making. For the project, he explored the world of boating culture, snapping shots of folks on the water at Lake Minnetonka. The experiment, however, got off to a rocky start. "The first summer, I'd spot a boat that I knew would make a compelling image and we'd beeline straight for it," he recounts. "Unfortunately, I discovered my direct approach tended to put people off. They'd see us heading straight for them and we could tell, even from a distance, that we were making them anxious." The following year went more smoothly, as Heithoff returned with a bigger boat, a portfolio that could easily be shown to participants, and better equipment. While some pictures snapped would fit in any vacation photo book (friends smiling, looking directly into the camera), there are also images that capture moments of quiet intimacy: a couple talking closely on a sunny day, folks relaxing while their driver cruises on. The exhibition will feature 18 of these images, and there will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12.
July 12-Sept. 8, 2013