Fort Wayne in Detroit has a history as a fort from 1701, and Indian burial mounds back to about 1000 A.D. The city of Detroit, together with coalitions of local citizen's groups are struggling to maintain and restore it, with great enthusiasm but very limited funds. As a result, some of the buildings are so deteriorated they may now be beyond restoration, as for example, this duplex which was home to the families of two enlisted men. Notice the severe water damage, and the trees growing out of the cellar, the porch, the upstairs window, and even right through the brick wall. I don't usually photograph ruins, but this is such a perfect example of what happens when money is diverted away from the commons and almost solely into private hands.
Fine Art Photography as Social Commentary
My images are born in a camera, but come of age in a computer. The impetus for these images comes from music, specifically from the blues.
While it's true that the blues come from hard times, it's the way people face hard times that matters. People who sing and play the blues aren't sunk in depression, or boiling with bitterness, they aren't killing themselves or other people, they aren't taking Prozac or Valium. They look hard times in the eye and choose to make music – a triumph of the human spirit. These images are my attempt to show that spirit at work during these hard times in Michigan.
I live in Michigan, began saxophone at 60, and photography at 70.
I recently moved. My new...
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