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.


Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

what a colourful shot!

14 Oct 2009 5:26am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great wide angle, it reminds me of your photo set a while back.

great saturated colors :)

14 Oct 2009 5:27am

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

Nice and sad

14 Oct 2009 5:58am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Nice HDR shot ! Well done :)

14 Oct 2009 7:14am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

C'est une capture originale!! Pour nous assez étonnante pour n'en connaître pas le sens! une belle brassée de nounours!!!

14 Oct 2009 8:48am

mirela from brighton, United States

warm and sad at the same time. love the colors!

14 Oct 2009 11:13am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This picture is worth a thousand words, the car and the teddy bears tell their own stories. Great HDR treatment Ralph.

14 Oct 2009 11:24am

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14 Oct 2009 11:24am

Mr Jintro from New Bury, United Kingdom

Blimey Ralph - this is intense on so many levels. Great find!

14 Oct 2009 11:40am

Sophie from Budapest, Hungary

This is just as original as your Urban Cowboys picture from the other day.
I wouldn't expect to see any of these in Detroit. :)

14 Oct 2009 1:03pm

@Sophie: Sophie, I experience something everyday that exceeds my expectations of Detroit. Thank you for letting me show you my little part of the world.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful colors ; pretty shot, but what is going on with these toys ?

14 Oct 2009 1:39pm

@MARIANA: Mariana, this is a memorial, someone probably a child died here. I think it's a cultural thing here, but it's quite common.

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

A modern shrine I take it that it was someone young, great colours makes you forget about the sad situation.

14 Oct 2009 1:51pm

'Paul from Minneapolis, United States

great composition and framing. the title suggests one of those impromptu memorials set up at the place of a person's RIP site.. well shot.

14 Oct 2009 2:02pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

amazing superb, composition, color, and so many other things

14 Oct 2009 2:22pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Very interesting shot. The colors at first bring happiness, but the context and composition bring sadness. Having the car in the frame gets my mind racing about how the child died. Could symbolize car accident...or the slow moving vehicle could indicate a gang related incident.

14 Oct 2009 2:25pm

@Amanda: I am not sure what happened here. I doubt it was something gang related, I think I would have read something about it if that was the case, but I really don't know. I am fascinated by these make-shift memorials, expressions of love and loss. When taking this shot I almost waited until the car passed but just in that moment in time it all seamed to make since. I think a child was hit by a car.

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

...or maybe it symbolizes that life goes on. Boy Ralph, your photo has put me in a philosophical mood today. :)

14 Oct 2009 2:36pm

Dave MacIntyre from Toronto, Canada

The bright cheerful colours are so contradictory to the sadness of the symbol. Great photo!

14 Oct 2009 2:36pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Excellent !! Love your compo !!!

14 Oct 2009 3:18pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Quite the wide angle when I saw front porches to the left of the utility pole! Great HDR treatment and I love the vivid colors.

14 Oct 2009 5:18pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Storybook colors, sad subject.

14 Oct 2009 6:44pm

David from Detroit, United States

HDR is perfect for this shot. I noticed that you mentioned that you are fascinated by the street-side memorials-- I am, too. There have to be some profound stories behind each one. Excellent interpretation of this scene.

14 Oct 2009 11:47pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Fantastic colors. Surreal motive. Great photo!

15 Oct 2009 6:28am

k@ from Paris, France

Oh my, this is so unexpected, something sad behind the bright colors, surreal and fascinating..........

15 Oct 2009 6:48pm