I’ll willingly admit we didn’t take a ton of photos on our trip to Detroit. We really only had one afternoon in the city itself. The rest of the time we were photographing Becky and Kevin’s wedding (coming on Thursday to ze blog) and sleeping. In our one afternoon though, we headed into the city to see what it was all about, or at least what we could glean in that tiny amount of time.
We first just drove into the city to get a feel for the layout and also to scout out a mural we wanted to photograph Kevin and Becky in front of. After that we drove over to see the Heidelberg Project, which had been on my bucket list for years. We also drove past the Monument to Joe Louis, but the light turned green before I could get a photo of it from the car. Whomp. Clearly we were a little more set on seeing rather than photographing.
Our tiny one sided take on Detroit is that it is nestled between hope and despair. We saw a lot of sad things but we also saw a lot of happy things. The art was bursting from every wall… but a lot of walls were falling. Can you get a picture of that in your mind? I felt safe and in danger. I felt good and bad. I really liked it honestly. It has a palpable soul and thats something that I am always drawn to. The struggle was and is real… but its not hopeless. If you get a chance… visit. We plan on going back one day and spending an actual real amount of time.
Note: The images of the Heidelberg Project are not for our profit or commercial use. We just want to share them so you can see and perhaps visit. Please see their website to learn more about the artists.