Under the Surface—A Photographic Journey of Hope and Healing

September 12, 2018 Comments Off on Under the Surface—A Photographic Journey of Hope and Healing

by the students of Northwest Passage

The restorative power of water is on full display in the Merrill Lynch Fine Arts Gallery. A new exhibit, called Under the Surface-A Photographic Journey of Hope and Healing, features underwater images taken by youth and teens who struggle with mental health issues. The underwater photography is part of a rehab program developed by Northwest Passage, a residential treatment provider based in Webster, Wisconsin.

“We find our kids are able to relax in water in ways they’re not able to on land,” said Marceleen Mosher, communications director, Northwest Passage. “They’re able to capture an extraordinarily beautiful look at something seen by so few. They’re able to focus and heal.”


In addition to the photographs, students wrote stories and poetry describing their experiences or feelings about individual images. The result is a powerful and impactful exhibit on the healing potential of the natural world.

Some of the images on display were captured at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior.

Photographs from the group Zaaga’igan Ma’iinganag of Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin supplement the exhibit showcasing nature photography of students from the south shore area.

Under the Surface will be on display at Great Lakes Aquarium from September 6, 2018 to January 10, 2019.