superheroes vs. pedestrian

The Mission District is a colorful and seedy neighborhood in San Francisco. A nice mix of homeless, punk rockers, Mexican gang members and Guatemalan grandmothers. Faith No More, Beck and Primus came from this neighborhood as well as many influential street artists whose outstanding graffiti and murals polka dot the walls like a large outdoor gallery. All three Banksys I was hunting had been white-washed but I found plenty of other inspiring art to photograph.

San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, California April 2013 – Click here to see the entire collection.

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garbage at The Majestic Theater, Detroit 3-30-13

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Vines highlight how a once-beautiful stadium lay in ruins, awaiting demolition.  Baseball had been played on the site since 1896… five years before the Tigers or the American League existed.  In 1999, the last Tigers game was played in old Tiger Stadium as the team moved to Comerica Park.  I attended that final season and – like so many other Detroiters – never thought I’d get another chance to step inside the legendary stadium.  But just days before it was set to be demolished, I was invited in for one final peek.  I was shooting the playground of Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson and Ty Cobb as crews literally chainsawed seats in half around me.  The stadium was torn down a week after this photo was taken and only a grass field remains in the place known as “the corner.” (October 2007)

Lee’s Piano

Lee Plaza is a beautiful art deco building in Detroit. Constructed in 1929, the 15 story hotel is on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Since the early 1990s, all of the artwork, wiring, fixtures and valuable material has been removed illegally by scavengers… except for this grand piano which was built into the ballroom and is too big to remove through any door.  4-19-09

New Day on Lake St. Clair

For days, I had wanted to catch the ice blowing over from Canada to the Michigan shoreline. When I saw that the expected high temperature was 65 degrees, I knew that this was my last chance; I took the day off work, packed my photo gear and set my alarm for 4:00am.
The sheets of ice form on the lake’s surface after days of sub-freezing temperatures. Strong winds crack the ice and break it into car-sized floating pieces. Then the winds push the ice until it hits something to stop it… in this case, the Grosse Point Farms shoreline. Some of the ice floes in the foreground of this photograph were standing 15 feet up in the air. What you see is a mostly-frozen lake. As the sun’s first rays hit the ice and I clicked away, the ice started making deafening cracking noises and “glass shattering” noises. I spent almost six hours behind the lens that morning for the exact shot I wanted. March 13, 2007