Sikes Lake, Carnation, Washington

A little lake with a lot of atmosphere

Sikes Lake, Carnation, Washington

A little lake with a lot of atmosphere

Sikes Lake, Carnation, Washington

A little lake with a lot of atmosphere

Can a lake be a muse?


This is a place I return to often. A tiny lake in the Snoqualmie Valley area of Washington state, Sikes Lake is surrounded by small farms and the foothills of the Cascade mountains. Each time I go there the light and atmosphere are different, making each visit unique. Sometimes just 15 minutes can make a big difference in the color of the light and the visibility of the hills and mountains. Any time I need inspiration, or even just solitude and the sound of birdsong, Sikes Lake is where I go. These images are all shot on medium format film with a vintage camera - a photographic process that is slow and deliberate.