I’ve had this post waiting in the wings for a while now, I’m not sure why I haven’t written it. The images were prepped, I know what I want to say, but I just didn’t write it up. This week, some of my blogging friends are in town from around the nation for the North American International Auto Show. And last night, I had a lot of fun taking Kristin from InDeepH2O around Detroit, this is my city and I love it here.
Let’s face it, Detroit gets a black eye in the media. When people mention Detroit, you can watch people physically cringe. Or they make the snarky comments about bringing your guns and Kevlar. What the media doesn’t show, is what’s happening here in the city, the potential and regrowth that is happening. The good in the city is there, yes – Detroit has a far way to go, but each day it’s getting better.
This past summer, I was at a party with some kids I graduated high school with. One said “I hear you live in Detroit, that’s.. uh.. interesting”. What’s interesting about it? There is so much here that keeps us and our hearts here.
The media is heavy on images of Detroit, buildings in ruin, fires and more. Yes, this is out there and a large part of the city. My boyfriend and I take photos of these buildings, there is a haunting beauty in the ruins. We also follow fires and take shots when we can. But what the media doesn’t show is the architecture, the art, the beauty we live in every day in Detroit.
We were the Paris of the Mid-West and a lot of that is still here. There is still a lot of repairing to do, a lot of cultural boundaries to overcome. But Detroit is a treasure box of art, culture, urban farms, fantastic food and wonderful people.
Over this next year, and probably years to come I plan on showcasing our great city here. I live in Detroit, I love it here and no we don’t own a gun. Some of the nicest people I have met are here, and I may have just met them in passing.
Check out some of my photos I’ve taken over the years living here below – there will be several more to come.