Photo Journal: No Longer "Ruin Porn" - Michigan Central Station, Detroit, Michigan - July 2018

"Detroit Ruin Porn" is a term coined by a blogger (name?) in 2009.  Putting "Detroit" in front of it just describes a location (some great example here: http://www.cnn.com/style/artic...). Our appreciation of rotting antiquity is hardly new. Millions parade around ancient ruins annually to ogle the beauty of their crumbling despair.

I'm a fan of the genre but have consciously avoided shooting much of it in Detroit at risk of being stabbed or mugged.  More than a few times I considered ignoring No Trespassing signs and hopping the fence surrounding Detroit's Michigan Central Station to shoot piles of beautiful rubble inside.  Guess I'm not cut out for the Ruin Porn game.

The Ford Motor Company purchased the MCS in May of this year and opened it to the public for the first time since the 1980s. Jackie and I queued up the first day it opened. Although cleaned up a bit, it was a privilege to finally see it from the inside.  Only weeks before Ford announced their intent to buy I was photographing the outside for a commissioned shoot of Detroit's landmarks (here: https://www.craigkerrphotograp...). I schemed that day how I could "legally" get inside. Two days after the announced purchased I called Ford Motor Company and my request to shoot the entire inside was well-received.  Less than a week later the public open house was announced and I never heard back from Ford.  Here are a few photos from the day...


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