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I created Picture Detroit in 2012, when the city of Detroit was on the verge of bankruptcy and our mayor was on trial with the Federal Government. With media at home and across the globe focused only on the negative things happening here and using the least flattering images possible, I had only one goal: let the world know the beauty of the city and the positive things happening here. The name “Picture Detroit” came from my hope that someday, when people searched “pictures of Detroit”, my images highlighting the beauty of the city would be what they see rather than the negative depictions of Detroit popular during that time. Picture Detroit came to be recognized as a valuable tool that has led people back to Detroit; with my photography being featured through numerous sources such as Channel 4 and Visit Detroit, and can be found at the Detroit Metro Airport in the Detroit! store in the McNamara Terminal, in addition to local hotels and homes and offices around the world.
Picture Detroit’s mission is to promote Detroit while building community through visual media. Having worked with Detroit Homecoming as a vendor, I strive to reconnect Detroit expats with the city they love through my lens by highlighting the wonderful things happening here. Each image is personally hand-signed, and also comes with a signed, logo-stamped description of the image and an artist’s mission statement.
How I give back: Two of my favorite organizations to donate to are Detroit Soup and Kiva Detroit. Each of the two organizations is a life-line for entrepreneurs; many of the businesses are minority-owned and each organization not only procures funding for small businesses just starting out, but allows the business to grow in the community and also strengthen their business resources. I was personally a recipient of a Kiva loan a couple of years back and can speak to the power that the organization gives small businesses to go further in realizing their dreams.
Picture Detroit specializes in fine art and street photography. Some photos are left as-is with a minimal amount of editing, while others combine mixed media, paint, and found objects. Commission work is welcome, and I can be reached via email at [email protected]
Thank you for your support, Picture Detroit could not exist without you!
Having lived in Detroit for college eons ago, to move back and find so many positive changes, even with our mayor on trial and a pending bankruptcy, I was inspired to share all of the great things that Detroit had going on, despite the negativity in the media at the time.
I am inspired daily by the people, history, architecture, and events.
Many of my photos were shot via iphone, I also use a Fuji X-20; Fuji Instax; Olympus; Polaroid; and Samsung pocket camera to shoot. For me, it is about recording the moment in time, not necessarily HOW it is recorded, for it is the person behind the camera who determines what is eventually seen. I also like to work in acrylic paint, and use found objects on large printed works to further tell the story behind the image.
Shows include: Barefoot Productions (2019); College for Creative Studies Alumni Show (2018, 2019); Detroit Homecoming (2016, 2017, 2019).
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