Impossibly Flat by Peter Baker in Michigan, USA

This photo is from the countryside outside of the small town I grew up near. I was raised on a small farm along a river, and many of my friends growing up lived in similarly distant places. Not far at all by car, but islands unto themselves when you’re a kid. The countryside in southeastern Michigan is almost impossibly flat, and at night you could see the lights of your “neighbors” house from sometimes miles away.

Name:Peter Baker

Place you live: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Place your photo was taken: Dundee, Michigan

Can you sum up Ann Arbor? It’s a classic college town. Lot’s of smart people, young energy. Old school bohemians trying to come to grips with their relatively new affluence. Very walkable, filled with trees.

Occupation: Creative director and photographer

Preoccupation: Wood.

A perfect day in Ann Arbor? A visit to the botanical garden with my daughter, some kickball, and drinks at the beer garden.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Take a tube down the river, see a game at the biggest football stadium in the country,

A perfect meal in Ann Arbor? Pickled tomatoes and crispy pork belly at Mani. Or a triple with bacon at Blimpy Burger.

What is the best thing about your spot? It’s chill, it’s affordable, it’s pleasant, it’s close to all the best lakes, Detroit’s just a minute away, and an international airport is even closer.

What is the worst? The topology. I’d kill for a mountain on the horizon.

A little known fact about where you live? The first book ever printed in America is in a library here.

Where is your favorite place in the world? Iceland

Who are your three favorite photographers? Nadav Kander, Alec Soth, Hin Chua