Through our eyes
Selections from the MT Flickr pool
Published: November 16, 2011
When we began the Flickr pool Motor City Seen and invited local shutter bugs to contribute, we knew it was an experiment. That it's still picking up steam nearly three years on with more than 4,000 contributions from more than 200 contributors tells us that it's a success and a worthy successor to the paper's photo contests of years past. So here's a selection of some of the best — and there's a larger portfolio online. And, to put it mildly, the high quality overall made selection difficult. The sheer variety of the collection is amazing also, and as in the Detroit Revealed show currently at the DIA, Motor City Seen is far more than the "ruin porn" that too often represents the city. —Justin Rose, design director
This was taken in Detroit, from the rooftop of the Fisher body building. It was just a glorious sunrise with some real nice fog hovering over the city. And, as the sun came up, the fog started to burn off and created a nice haze that I tried to capture.
This was taken in front of the Detroit Fire Headquarters on Larned Street in Detroit. One of my colleagues at work gives out weekly challenges to a friend and me, and the challenge for that week was fire stations. And this was shot one morning just as the morning shift was starting and the officers were getting in to work.
This was shot at the Wiard’s farms out in Ypsilanti. Apple-picking is an annual ritual for us, and this year we decided to visit the famous Wiard’s farms. The pumpkin area was just full of pumpkins, and my kids had a blast roaming around and picking out their pumpkins. I was able to capture my son as he struggled to lift a heavy one. The expression on his face tells the story quite nicely.
This was taken in Plymouth, on Hines Drive. I was on top of a bridge and was able to capture the vehicles driving by. The fall foliage provided some really nice color as well.
Vishal Patel, Canton
The image is a unique perspective of the artwork created by my daughter. The photograph was taken at the Woodbridge fall festival
Lyn Kostus, Bloomfield Township
My photography captures the beauty of everyday life.
"Occupy Detroit Encampment"
The Occupy Detroit encampment from the outside looks like what you would expect from a group of people camping out in the park. Inside the park around 1:30 p.m., it had more of the appearance of being a soup kitchen for the homeless. More than half the 30 or so people that I saw there were clearly homeless rather than Occupiers.
"Occupy Detroit Peacefully"
This photo shows the Occupy Detroit protesters in front of the Guardian Building protesting the Bank of America. Unlike the police response to the Occupy movement in places like New York, or Oakland, Calif., this photo seems to symbolize the Detroit Police’s attitude to the Occupy Detroit protesters. Granted there was a fair number of police officers present, including the mounted police, as you would expect for any downtown march or protest. It was good to see both the Detroit Police and the protesters being well-behaved.
"Detroit Lions Tailgating"
This was my first time to the Detroit Lions Monday Night tailgating location over at the Eastern Market. There were parties everywhere, with everyone having a good time. This photo was the most unusual scene there. The guy in the mustache was in there the longest, with a quick rotation of men, and women joining him over time.
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