Up North Connections: Underneath the Mackinac Bridge
Colored photograph of the underside of the Mackinac Bridge. Tower visible at a distance. Blue water below along bottom edge of image, light blue sky throughout.
The series “Up North Connections” illustrates the modern-day connection between the cities of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City through the Mackinac Bridge. Finding a personal connection to the Mackinac Bridge brought Ana Grace Dykstra to explore the bridge from above, below, from the shore, to right on top of the bridge for her senior exhibition of photographs.
"I have spent 23 years of my life traveling back and forth between my home in Grand Rapids and my family in the Upper Peninsula. Somewhere in those thousands of miles, the sight of the Mackinac Bridge came to represent my ties to both parts of Michigan. The Straits of Mackinac have a long history of being a place of connections. From the time the area was occupied by the native tribes of Michigan until the present, the area has always existed as a gathering place. While the nature of these interactions and connections have changed over the centuries, the Mackinac community has long played this role as an important meeting place and an important point of connection, whether it be people, places, cultures, or eras.” – Ana Grace Dykstra