A Tourist Crossroads in Michigan
Situated at the tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula, where the blue waters o fLake Michigan meet Lake Huron and where the Upper Peninsula lies north across the straights—accessed by the “Mighty Mac”, a five-mile bridge connecting Michigan’s upper and lower peninsula—is Mackinaw City.
History abounds here because due to its location it’s steeped in historical significance. Today, it’s a city where tourists can stop at a park to see the Mackinac Bridge, tour a fort, purchase local fudge delicacies and take a ferry to Mackinac Island, among many other food stops and tourist traps.
The city is people sparse in the colder months, which is the case for many Michigan resort towns, but it’s teeming with people in the warmer temperatures. This is a contrast already but factor in the thriving tourism industry and you have a mix of people and stories from all over the world. The tourists are from all over, as are the workers.
One of the reasons I started this blog, and called it Village Voyager, is because one of my favorite activities is to walk around, observing and taking photos. I also feel like this is one of the best ways to get a feel and sense of anywhere. Having a camera results in heightened awareness which is a fulfilling way to explore and create art.
As far as street photography goes, a benefit of going to a place like Mackinaw City is that since there are so many tourists already, walking around with a camera isn’t seen as odd. It’s not that one can’t go into a small town and do street photography of course, I do it often, it just seems a bit easier.
This trip to Mackinaw City was fantastic. Most areas of interest are close by so everything is close to walk to. Also, there’s a lot of variety. The light was excellent when I was there so I walked and walked with my Leica until something called out to me. There were some simple, colorful buildings and tourists taking in the sights. On the south end of town were a lot of hotels so I made sure to capture some of those. A person could do a story on those alone. When I was walking on what used to be a hotel, I noticed a man giving two other guys a haircut underneath what would’ve been an entrance to a large hotel. The building now appeared to house seasonal workers.
It can’t be emphasized enough that simply walking somewhere with a camera is one of the best ways to exercise the mind and body. It doesn’t have to be far away either, it can be done anywhere. Give it a shot. Make Art. Live.