RUMORS: Have you heard?
Before I stepped foot in Detroit all I heard were rumors. Positive, negative, and ugly, everyone chimed in. For a place I 'd never been, I had plenty of people painting me pictures of what I might encounter. Rebirth, decay, hipsters, Dan Gilbert, more decay, race, artists, did I mention the rubble? With so many ideas being pumped into my head I decided to ignore it all. And I did, for months. After several visits I finally settled in, explored the city, and listened to what the surroundings were telling me. The sprawling Mid-Western metropolis is complex, historic, and polarizing. Never had I seen, let alone photographed, anything like it. It quickly became apparent how important the forthcoming stories were going to be. Thousands of miles from familiar Pacific beaches and Sierra sunsets, I was about to photograph a land as foreign as any I'd ever visited. Over the next year I will be spending more and more time in the Motor City telling different, timely, hopefully vital stories. Creating images beyond the "rubble porn" that put a spotlight on how miserable a city can look after those who vowed to care for it failed. RUMORS is about challenging what you have heard, been told, or have even seen for yourself.