Say my name
I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, and moved away in my early 20s without ever planning to return. Fifteen years later in 2012, just before Detroit announced bankruptcy, I moved back to become a city resident and photograph my experience. I was curious about this place that was a part of my nostalgic, familial and historic roots, but was still largely unknown to me.
Over the past five years, I’ve attempted to get closer to what Detroit is and what it is becoming, perhaps as a way of reconciling my own past and limited understanding of the city. I have discovered a richly complex and profoundly alive place that has become my home, one that asks more questions than it answers. My work is an homage to a city reexamining its identity, a street poem that celebrates an often misunderstood place undergoing dynamic economic and social change.