A collection of photographs displaying the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of the region, The Arrowhead, A Lake Superior Portfolio is a striking tableau of Lake Superior’s north shore. Minnesota’s Arrowhead is a region of beauty beloved by many, and Kuenzli effectively captures its many moods throughout the changing seasons—the vivid glory of fall, the cool serenity of winter and the lush greens of spring and summer.
In this, his first book, Kuenzli shares 43 photographs painstakingly composed to offer an intimate glimpse of the region he calls home. Perceived through the lens of a large format view camera, the photographs span a period of seven years inspired by the ever-changing landscape of trees, water, rock and sky.
Excerpt from Foreword
"For Nathanael Kuenzli, the landscape of the Arrowhead is not a vacation escape, it does not serve as metaphor, nor as an antidote to a different life — it simply exists as his home. Perhaps this is why his photographs of the land are so honest, with no pretense or romanticism.
"For those of us who must live most of our lives further south, Nathanael’s images provide a portal into this land and lakescape. He has been there for us, revealing his world with the intimacy and straightforward delivery that could only be possible when the artist can call the landscape home."
Born in 1981, Nathanael Kuenzli started carrying a camera with him at the age of four. Although the camera did not have any film in it, he composed photographs of the plants and trees. "I can still remember some of the images I was composing that age, and it is still those subtle, quiet details of the landscape that are the most compelling to me." Beginning at the age of ten Kuenzli’s studies focused primarily on photography and working with a large format view camera. "The rhythm and weight of working with the different pieces of the view camera, and the separation that the dark cloth gives help to purify my vision of the subject I'm working with." Kuenzli is drawn to the quiet corners of the natural world and enjoys traveling and living simply from the back of his truck. Kuenzli makes his home on the North Shore of Lake Superior among the lakes and rivers of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior.