I visited Detroit’s Packard Automotive Plant in April and it’s haunted me ever since. It felt like being in ancient ruins. It was heartbreaking and yet still beautiful in a very unusual fashion. I wanted to play around with a few of my photos and see what parallel universes I could create.
This Detroit Free Press article is hopeful. A portion of the plant is now being used by The Display Group, an event props and design company. This is how creatives solve problems. Nice work.
I unfortunately never got to see Detroit in its glory days…so I would love to get to see it in a few years and see what’s progressing. The people were truly amazing! I love that Michigan spirit (and protectiveness). We were given a lot of phone numbers in case we got ourselves into some trouble. We didn’t.
The Packard Plant and the neighborhoods we witnessed were heartbreaking…there is no other way to describe it. I do have a serious fascination with ruins and the stories that surround them, but there is also great sorrow in witnessing this sort of devastation…even when I have no connection to Detroit except my American(ness). I will be posting more. I shot a lot of images. I would love to hear your Detroit stories—e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.