Detroit Michigan, once the industrial capitol of the world, the birthplace of the assembly line and home of the first push into the industrial age. A place where wealth was created and mass production born.
Now......A City looking to redefine itself, to pull itself out of this dizzying state of decline that has been taking place ever since the economy became one of global trade and production. But as this slow transformation takes place, the remnants of Detroit's once glorious past fall into ruin.
Beautiful churches adorned with ornate stonework to equal the monolithic houses of worship found in Europe now crumble before our eyes.
Industrial facilities that cover enough land that they could be their own small cities, once producers of that most iconic of American products, the automobile, now wastelands of brick,steel, and weeds.
Palatial residences, multistory luxury apartments, created with opulence in mind, now abandoned and stripped of their recyclable materials to feed a society that is clamoring for a way to survive.
The following images were captured in Detroit while on an "expedition" there with a small group of adventurous photographers. This was both an exciting trip, and a humbling and sad experience as well. But I do retain hope and confidence that some day, Detroit will rebuild herself. Maybe not to the position she once held, but into a new and equally inspiring city in her own right.
Welcome to St. Agnes / Martyrs of Uganda Parish Church
The Lee Plaza Hotel. High Society No More.
The next location is the Lee Plaza Hotel and Apartments. Constructed in 1929 and built in the Art Deco style that was the a sign of class in the 1920's this is 15 floors of sadness.
3.3 MILLION sq. Feet of Automotive History Fisher Body #21
I have so much more to say, and even more photos to share. I will save those for a time when it isn't all so fresh in my mind. I want to digest this experience and see how I feel about it after it has all sunk in.