Robert deJonge ’77 calls his artistic collection “Luminchantes,” a process of working with a camera and computer that results in images comprised of layers of color, texture, tone, saturation and intensity.
The images presented in The Best of Sleeping Bear are ones deJonge captured in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
“Beauty encourages wonder, and wonder leads to the realization that there is something bigger than me and my life,” deJonge writes in the book’s introduction. “As a result I feel called (it is my mission) to encourage wonder and hold up hope.”
According to deJonge, art is worship, art is playful and builds on the past, and art is an adventure. He attempts to reflect all of these aspects in his works.
Through both the landscape and small-detail images, deJonge hopes his book will “inspire you to walk, float or bike along the many trails, rivers and lakes of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and let all your senses take in this gem.”