Photo shoot in Detroit??

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Any fellow Café members live in the area & would like to meet up for a day of photographing Detroit & its architecture?
So much history there & so many dramatic stories to be captured with our cameras.
Id love to shoot the industrial areas as well as the residential areas that have been abandoned.
Would love to get together with someone or even a small group to do this. Any takers??
 
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I live 4 miles north of Detroit.

I personally stay out of Detroit. If you decide to go, make sure you know someone that really knows the area and make sure your group consists of a half a dozen or more people. Preferably a group member with a CCW.

My opinion of Detroit...

It's like playing Russian roulette, trouble may come the first time, or it may come a little later. But in the end, it's only a matter of time before that bullet is in that chamber.

Good luck.
 
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I live south of Detroit and NEVER go near the city or through it. You are asking for trouble to go near the areas you want to photograph. The average time for police response is close to one hour.
 
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My sister lived there for a few years. She would call and tell me about muggins at red lights and people trying to get on the xway. Me, I would go with you just for kicks and giggles. But I don`t think too many people on NC are that hard core. Call for a police escort? I just unboxed a Thomson 45 cal with a 50 round snail drum yesterday. Take that and a 10.5 mm fish eye? Detroit falls under the heading of "You just can`t fix stupid!"
 
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Stayed there overnight on my way to Mackinac Island. I have never seen worse signs of a decaying city in my life.
 
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Which is why I want to photograph it. Its a moment in time I want to record.

I did the same in Miami years ago near the stadium. It was not a good experience, I almost got jacked my car got the windows broken out. I just went there to get a few pictures of buildings and life near the stadium. I hear the City of Detroit is pretty bad.

It all depends on how bad you want that picture! Is it really worth it?

Good luck whatever you do!
 
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Get a group of people that want to do this. Anty up $50.00 pet person and then hire two off duty cops. Its a win/win. You get to go to a third world crap hole close to home in some degre of safty. They make some extra bucks. And they will know of some really cool places to go. Years ago I use to shoot the same king of stuff in down town Atlanta. I got me an old shoping cart, piled in all my gear and tosed an old blanket on top. I would dress up as a homeless person [which I kind of look like anyway] and off I`d go. I did this on bitter cold nights to cut down on the amount of street people I had to deal with. Keep in mind that there was a 357 mod27 S&W in a Bianci X-15 sholder holster to act as bug spray if needed. It never was. Some of the cops thought what I was doing was really cool. They would drive by and check on me from time to time. I use to take ad copy into the AJC in the early mornings. The steps going to the back parking lot would be covered in passed out drunks/druggies some mornings. I love living on my farm.
 
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Get a group of people that want to do this. Anty up $50.00 pet person and then hire two off duty cops. Its a win/win. You get to go to a third world crap hole close to home in some degre of safty. They make some extra bucks. And they will know of some really cool places to go. Years ago I use to shoot the same king of stuff in down town Atlanta. I got me an old shoping cart, piled in all my gear and tosed an old blanket on top. I would dress up as a homeless person [which I kind of look like anyway] and off I`d go. I did this on bitter cold nights to cut down on the amount of street people I had to deal with. Keep in mind that there was a 357 mod27 S&W in a Bianci X-15 sholder holster to act as bug spray if needed. It never was. Some of the cops thought what I was doing was really cool. They would drive by and check on me from time to time. I use to take ad copy into the AJC in the early mornings. The steps going to the back parking lot would be covered in passed out drunks/druggies some mornings. I love living on my farm.

That's the best suggestion so far. THANKS!
 
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Any fellow Café members live in the area & would like to meet up for a day of photographing Detroit & its architecture?
So much history there & so many dramatic stories to be captured with our cameras.
Id love to shoot the industrial areas as well as the residential areas that have been abandoned.
Would love to get together with someone or even a small group to do this. Any takers??

It would be neat to get a photo of Detroit's farrier, a person that specializes in the care of horses hoofs (hooves?), salary and benefits $56,000. Probably at one time the city had a mounted patrol but doesn't any longer.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/08/20/detroit-has-no-horses-but-pays-horseshoer-56k-union-boss-says-its-not-possible-to-eliminate-positions/
I understand Detroit can be quite dangerous, but in all fairness there are sections of Macon, Ga. I wouldn't care to walk through at night. So, if you can get the protection you'd probably come up with an award winning photo essay.
Never been to Michigan but I've heard it is a beautiful state!
Jarrell
 

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