Exploring Detroit

Juliet Foraker's avatar Juliet Foraker

Detroit is an ever-changing city and can almost be described as a dystopia. Once a bustling and thriving manufacturing metropolis, it has undergone a radical decline in population in the past 60 years. There are neighborhoods with abandoned schools, burnt down buildings, and blocks with one house left or nothing at all. It’s as if a cataclysmic event happened and threw the city into an accelerated deterioration. For as long as I remember I have been going into Detroit to take photos, but in the winter of 2012 I really started going into the city and exploring it and that's when the "reality" of the situation really caught up with me. Detroit is a goldmine for photographic subject matter for me. I am a photographer of architecture, and love the texture and color in and on abandoned buildings. What most people cringe at, I run towards. Since my initial journey into the city, I have become emotionally attached to it and feel sad when looking at what is happening to the city. I want to make people aware of what is happening there, and how the decline has affected it, not just the people who live there but businesses as well. Just like some of the Great Depression photographers I admire, I feel it is now my job to document Detroit in its state of being while treating the subject matter in a contemporary and artistic manner before it's gone. I want my viewers to not judge the city by its repulsiveness, but rather look at its imperfections as an extraordinary journey through time.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 in
  • Medium: photography
  • Width: 19 in
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 13 in