This collection is the result of exploring southern Michigan's greater 'Irish Hills' area between 2007 and 2011. The area is defined by the Great Sauk Trail, now designated US-12, a prehistoric pathway dating back to the last Ice Age. From the 1820s through the 1960s, this road was a main artery linking Detroit with Fort Deaborn (Chicago).
In 2007 I viewed a cable documentary about ghost hunting in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A man named Scott Crownover was using digital infrared cameras to capture ghostly apparitions during daylight hours. I immediately knew that I wanted to photograph the historic locations throughout the greater Irish Hills area with the same type of camera. Digital infrared shots have an ethereal, timeless quality to the images they produce. And I may have photographed something strange and unexplainable in the area's 1830-era Walker Tavern using the same infrared technology.
Ghost Highway is a photographic elegy to the greater Irish Hills area and of the ancient serpentine trail that defines it.