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Video: How weather photos became a thing in Lansing

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Above: Dozens of community members gathered around the gallery wall at the Lansing Public Library during the March 11 Open House for “Lansing through the Seasons,” an exhibition of local weather photos. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

LANSING, Ill. (April 5, 2024) – We are into the second month of the exhibition of weather photos at the Lansing Public Library, “Lansing Through the Seasons.” People continue to comment to me about how beautiful the display is — the individual photos are beautiful, and so is the collection as a whole.

The 24 photos — two from each month of the year — represent the work of 24 different people, all of them Lansing residents. These are people who love their town and want to show it to other people.

At the exhibition Open House on March 11 I had the opportunity to talk about why The Lansing Journal started a daily weather post and how it became the most commented-on category of news we publish:

Key moments in the video

0:00 – Hello and thank you
1:20 – How weather photos became a thing
4:05 – The winter storm that changed everything
5:45 – Heather Grant – our first weather photo submission
7:43 – “You make me want to live in Lansing,” said business owner Deja Cain
9:20 – Beauty from farmland and clay
10:29 – These 24 are not somehow “the best”
12:16 – Thank you for building community through photography

Own a piece of Lansing

The weather photos on the gallery wall are available for purchase at $100 each. Email [email protected] to reserve the ones you’re interested in.

Many have been purchased already, and that helps the Journal recoup the costs of the exhibition. If you are interested in a photo marked “purchased” in the listing below email Melanie to see if a reprint can be ordered.

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View the gallery

The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. The Lansing Through the Seasons exhibition of weather photos will be on display through May 31, 2024.

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.