Surviving The Times: Detroit
A few weeks ago I found myself in Detroit for the second time. This time specifically for photography. Before jumping into the story I want to update you on my condition. As you could have already guessed, things have been going great in the recovery department. I’d guess I’m about 80% back to normal health. The last 20% is going to make all the difference though, and it’s going to take a long time to gain back. I was told up to 2 years-NOT ideal but it’s what I have to work with. The job front couldn’t be going much worse, but that’s a whole different story. I’m currently looking for something new.
Ok enough about that...
I'm so happy I finally got a chance to visit Detroit, how often do you hear that? But it's true. Not only did I not get robbed but I left with sense of why it's called the The Comeback City. I saw new infrastructure, and countless acts of revitalization. Now It's up for debate if this type of "gentrification" will be good for the city as a whole or only help a select few but that's not what this blog is about. What's not up for debate is how passionate the people of Detroit are about their city. Detroit vs everybody and they mean it. I heard on multiple occasions that it's the type of place where you give respect to get respect.
My take away: Don't be a dick and you'll be fine. Most likely...
A huge shout out to Ahmad (@Detroit_Chiver) for coming out literally everyday and in general just being the man. You were a major factor in the success of this trip.
I finally got to meet and spend the weekend getting to know MJ a little bit. He's an inspirational guy and a great photographer, you should definitely check him out if you are unfamiliar. www.mjinnyc.com
What churches remain in Detroit are of the most beautiful I have ever seen. So many have fallen into a complete state of disrepair, and all that remains is a glimpse of what once was.
This was the last photo taken on day one. We decided to call it and go get some great food from Slows BBQ. Check em out next time you're in the area.