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Wilbur Wright School

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

wow, great shot, Detroit seems to have a bit of street art, or maybe you just know where to look. great shot, and great use of HDR to bring out the shadows.

9 Oct 2009 5:09am

fabrizio from rome, Italy

urban style of detroit

9 Oct 2009 6:32am

Reno from Madrid, Spain

I'm here beacause Angeline told about your'blog...I had to say that we have a lot of common themes. Very like your serie of the Lafayette Building.
I'll come back with more time, see you!

9 Oct 2009 7:29am

@Reno: Thank you Reno, I will be checking out your work.

mirela from brighton, United States

very cool!

9 Oct 2009 12:34pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Awesome! I have heard that the inside of this school has some amazing graffiti as well. Not sure how safe it is to go exploring though...

9 Oct 2009 1:29pm


Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Nice use of HDR here that highlights what were the "shadowy" areas of the doorway header in the B&W. What has allowed the school to remain standing given what it has gone through? I wonder what Wilbur would think of this. :-|

9 Oct 2009 2:48pm

@Steven: The City is so strapped for cash. Detroit has had a dwindling population and tax base for so many years. Two million people in the late 50's and probably 750,000 now. In addition buildings like the Packard Plant and Fisher Body plant no.21 were build so soundly that when contractors go in to demolish them they quickly find out that it's just not profitable to do the work. Sadly they just sit.

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

It's interesting.
I don't know about HDR much but I'll try it.

9 Oct 2009 2:51pm

@Fusao: I so love what you do. It's clean and simple and pure. I personally like to process photos in HDR, but I have no talent for what you do. It will be interesting to see what you come up with.

adele27 from tonekabon, Iran

this is really nice shot full of colors and life. i like it very much

9 Oct 2009 3:30pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This photograph of the school entrance is truly urban art, and a bittersweet account of what has become of once-proud Detroit. Excellent work RJ.

9 Oct 2009 4:43pm

Dave MacIntyre from Toronto, Canada

This is great! I love urban decay of this nature.

9 Oct 2009 7:42pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great work! I like how the HDR makes the graffitti jump out of the image!

10 Oct 2009 10:26am

Mr Jintro from New Bury, United Kingdom

It's cleary time for soeone to take flight!

10 Oct 2009 4:26pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

A waste of a building.

11 Oct 2009 9:46pm

Angela Anderson-Cobb from Detroit, United States

Awwww, my daughter attended and graduated from this building when it was being used at the High School for the Fine and Performing Arts before the built the shiny new place on Cass and Selden. This old hulk was broken down and used up but the kids there seemed to have more spirit than those who have been at the new place according to everyone I've talked to. Makes me sad every time I drive by this place.

12 Oct 2009 1:16pm

@Angela Anderson-Cobb: Yep, I used to vote there, I remember when the marching band would practice and march down the side streets in the area, funny they would reroute traffic and no one seemed to mind.