I have recently sold out of another print. Like the others however, there are larger sizes available.
February 5, 2014
December 27, 2013
December 12, 2013
November 22, 2013
A few weeks back, I was contacted by a photo editor from ABC News regarding putting together a slideshow of houses from my project. And a week, or so, ago, it went up on abcnews.go.com
It’s always fun to see the project somewhere new. I don’t know for sure, but it did seem to lead to a few more print sales. A portion of which I will be donating to a Detroit charity. As we come up on the holidays and winter, I think it will be donated to food and housing related charities.
August 5, 2013
While I was in the web site editing mode, I decided to add a few more abandoned house photos. They are not new photos…they are actually from 2008, but they are new to this site.
I realize this is old news, and my opinion is one of way too many, so I won’t spend any time on it at this point. I generally find there are two types of people, those who think “good riddance”, with hopes for Detroit’s complete demise, and those who think the only direction is up, and that, in fact, despite the bankruptcy Detroit is in the beginning stages of an exciting rebirth.
As usual, I tend to find myself trying to occupy some kind of middle ground. Detroit is really as bad as the pessimists say, and it’s probably as exciting as the boosters say. How can it be both? Well, it depends on who you are, where you come from, how you make your living, what you expect from the city, and your past experiences in Detroit. Some people have experienced terrible violence, poverty, and despair in the city, while some young newcomers have only experienced the exciting opportunities that might await the young, educated, creative, and often somewhat privileged background. Both experiences are real, and are happening everyday in Detroit. What I saw over the years was that a few areas were experiencing the gentrification of young, hip, educated creative types, while the majority of the city was suffering from the former, namely poverty and violence.
I read this article in the Free Press a few weeks ago, and one paragraph in particular highlighted the divide I experienced over the years:
The projects underscore what appears to be a dichotomy in Detroit’s real-estate market, where a few trendy areas in and around the city’s core continue to attract young professionals and empty nesters as most other city neighborhoods cope with a decaying housing stock, abandoned structures and rock-bottom land prices.
There were a few other interesting parts as well:
Like all recent downtown and Midtown developments, this east riverfront project would depend on a hodgepodge of various government subsidies and foundation support, as Detroit rents are not yet high enough to support all-private ventures.
Unfortunately, this problem won’t change until enough people are making enough money to support the needed rental prices.
November 24, 2012
I don’t update the site all that often, and I add photos of abandoned houses even less often. However, I do still have quite a few that have never seen the light of day. It’ll take awhile, but I plan to keep adding them as I get them ready. Here is the latest:
November 6, 2012
September 28, 2012
When I photographed this house I had nice conversation with a gentleman from the neighborhood. There was little reminiscing, and a little bit about the house itself. It had been abandoned for awhile, but the neighbors maintained the yard, and someone had planted a garden in the empty lot next door.
Today I was happy to be able to donate $250 to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and $100 to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Both charities deal with feeding the hungry…generally people who can’t afford to feed their families. With the holiday season, and winter coming up, I thought it was a good time to donate charities dealing with feeding the needy.
My next donations will likely be to charities that deal with housing the homeless. Winter in Detroit is particularly rough on the homeless. Winter in Detroit tends to be pretty brutal, with cold temperatures, rain, and snow.