Edward Byrne is a photographer, poet, literary critic, memoirist, and professor of English at Valparaiso University, where he serves as editor of Valparaiso Poetry Review and co-editor of Valparaiso Fiction Review. He includes seminars on nature writing and environmental literature among the courses he teaches. The author of eight collections of poetry, he also has edited two anthologies and had nearly 300 journal publications. Edward Byrne’s images of the Indiana Dunes have been featured in various periodicals.
As indicated on the Introduction page, Indiana Dunes presents an ongoing chronicle displaying an accumulating portfolio of photographs, sometimes accompanied by brief notes. Each photo focuses on a location in the Indiana Dunes region along Lake Michigan. The images are partnered with prose contained on the Journal page meant to explore and explain the topography—plus at times to offer any historic or cultural significance of the setting—as well as to reflect upon personal inspirations, observations, and experiences, occasionally including the photographic process involved with capturing the image.
An added element of the project includes lectures, public presentations, workshops, and other events to be held at various venues. Moreover, month-long gallery exhibitions of photographs from this project will be held at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center during October.
This project has been made possible with the assistance of an Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Valparaiso University Creative Work and Research Grant. All content is covered under creative commons licensing, which allows and encourages anyone to download the photos or journal entries and share them with others as long as an acknowledgment of credit to Edward Byrne is included, but the works cannot be altered (except in reproduction size) or used commercially without express permission. Please use the Contact page for email correspondence and permission requests, as well as to follow daily updates on Twitter and Facebook or to view photos on Instagram through the links supplied. Also, please spread word about this site to others by using the easy media share buttons at the bottom of posts.