Joseph S. Pete’s photos in his series, titled “Shoreline,” are of course beautiful, but they are also part nebulous, part solid, and evocative of melancholy. The progression from bright, solid, and shapely to sepia, vagueness, and formlessness is as striking as the difference between black and white. It is a trilogy mean to be reflected on, evocative of times gone by.

Shoreline 2

Shoreline 5


Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, an Iraq War veteran, an Indiana University graduate, a book reviewer, a photographer, and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio. He is a 2017 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee who has read his work for the Fictitious series on the iO Theater stage and was named the poet laureate of Chicago BaconFest, a feat that Geoffrey Chaucer chump never accomplished. His literary or photographic work has appeared or is forthcoming in more than 100 journals, including The Tipton Poetry Journal, Chicago Literati, The Vignette Review, Voicemail Poems, Dogzplot, Proximity Magazine, Stoneboat, The High Window, Synesthesia Literary Journal, Steep Street Journal, Beautiful Losers, New Pop Lit, Vending Machine Press and elsewhere. He and his wife teamed up for the 30th highest score all-time on the Justice League ride at Six Flags Great America, so there’s that. He can be found at