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Just Before the End of the Day

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 2 May 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

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.

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.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Lovely afternoon light ... with golden reflections in the glass.

2 May 2011 10:49am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Beautiful lighting here. A nice shot

2 May 2011 11:37am

Florence from Paris, France

I went into a shop today where I found a book of photographies about Detroit. So interesting. The photographer's aim was to show ancient buildings, deserted and decayed. Through HDR, the rendering is absolutly impressive. Do you know such places ? You should go there.

The light id very nice up there... a very nostalgic mood here, probably this lovely retro architecture too. Witness of golden years.

2 May 2011 12:35pm

@Florence: Florence, I have documented some of the ruins we have here in Detroit, but I must admit, it gets a bit depressing and emotionally draining. There are also many photographers here who have documented Detroit's decline and many who come here from other parts of the world to do so. It sometimes seems like the decay of old buildings is the only story that the media and photographers here concentrate on. One of the reasons I started my AM3 blog was to show people that there is more to the area than our ruins and that Detroit is still very much alive. With that being said one of my favorite local photographer's who documents the ruins in HDR is Eric Smith, you might enjoy his work:

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful warm light in this shot Ralph! ;-)

2 May 2011 12:56pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

great compo and frame , i love this warm light ! excellent !!!

2 May 2011 1:06pm

Florence from Paris, France

I understand and share your point of view Ralph but I must admit that I found these shots very appealing, and enhanced by tone-mapping they are truly very eye-catching however... there is, as you mentionned, something totally depressive about it, a very sad feel comes from all the places as if walls could expired the air from the past... (don't know if all this is very good english)...

Anyhow, I really think it's a positive concept to look at the present and future as you do. Thanks for the link by the way.

2 May 2011 1:44pm

@Florence: Thank you for your comments and your interest. I assure you, your English is much better than my French! I hope you like Eric's work I think it's great.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Just a beautiful building and gorgeous light and perspective as always, Ralph. And I do so love your response above. I have long been impressed with your Mission Statement and other things you have said about your beautiful city. I remember reading somewhere where you said that you were travelling abroad and you were aghast (my word) at the remarks you heard from folks who seemed to have the impression that Detroit was a city laid in waste....I was so impressed by that and I am so impressed by your contiinued positivity to show to the world the Detroit that YOU know and love...which, in turn, brings it to light for all of us. Beautiful job Ralph!.............
...'side's, we like the same music ;-)

2 May 2011 1:48pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks Denny! Detroit has some major issues but I still love her. Aghast is a great word!

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Very beautiful light in this beautiful POV, composition!

2 May 2011 1:54pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Excellent light and angle for this gem of a building; one that I remember and admire. I also quite enjoyed your interaction with Florence (whom I also admire) and once again applaud your mission statement and work. There is something bizarre and exotic about that kind of heartbreaking urban decay, but only some of the time, and when I attended a Faith No More concert one night many moons ago in downtown Detroit, and then dared to walk back to our hotel (quite a few blocks) through some pretty scary scenery, I felt only a deep sadness. The human spirit is indomitable, and an important town like Detroit will never truly fall. I think that your work here is a prime example of why it won't.

2 May 2011 2:08pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I appreciate your views of Detroit. The rebirth of a great city takes time, effort, faith, and patience. Your work is not in vain.

2 May 2011 3:21pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

I love how the light on the cloud frames the subject. Beautiful, Ralph.

2 May 2011 3:41pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What classic building form and architecture! It's such an appeal in this late afternoon light and shade! Love this much Ralph!

2 May 2011 3:42pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Superb natural light...

2 May 2011 6:36pm

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

Great color

2 May 2011 9:40pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful warm light that highlights this building nicely. It's nice to see buildings that aren't so "boxy" and actually have character and dimension like the one you've captured here.

3 May 2011 12:55am

David from Detroit, United States

I agree about the beautiful golden-hour light you captured here. And, I heartily agree with you about what some people are shooting in the ruins. Without understanding the dynamics and the history of the city, and how the incredible boom years followed by the decline of industrialization that relied on hand labor and left a lot of empty space in the city, it is much too easy to look at the empty space as some sort of commentary on the city and its worth. It is more a comment about a society that uses places up and then moves on to the next place to use up. And that's not just a Detroit thing, nor just an American thing. But you are doing a fantastic job of interpreting what is here now.

3 May 2011 1:28am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful golden hour light. There is indeed some splendour left in Detroit - long may it continue!

3 May 2011 2:43am

Reno from Cd de México, Mexico

A great line of light separe the two part of your image and of the building. You had chosen a big moment

8 May 2011 8:46am