Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DETROIT!!! ( Pt.1 :)

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Hi All :)

I hope you are all having a Wonderful Tuesday :)

WOW!!! What can I say about DETROIT! :)

It is a city with great heritage but it also symbolizes the demise of the American Dream - with manufacturing jobs moving rapidly to Asia, the City has lost a huge percentage of its population and with that comes the the decline of its neighborhoods :(

On a recent road trip I was able to get a really quick glimpse at some of the building that have fallen into disuse and take photos of the beauty that still remains in these neglected building :)

They all have a story, they all have a history, they all have a truth, they all had a life. 

There are many people who are working hard to recreate a strong Detroit :)
 But we need to know that this could happen in any American City where the local population depends on manufacturing jobs :)

So, with less than  an hour of daylight and not knowing the city at all; I, (well, my Hubby, actually, lol!!!) drove around very quickly before we lost light to take as many shots of the beautiful buildings that are in disrepair but also the ones that people are trying hard to "re - gentrify" too! :)

Of Course, I have so many I wanted to share that I will split them between 2 postings :)  

Here we go, I hope you enjoy these :)

I had to share this photo, as there is so much happening and also, it is the only photo I got of the GM building. (Tall cylindrical building with blue lights) I had lost light and energy by the time we got downtown. :(

These 3 shots of this church spire, just gave me hope and against the sunset looked so pretty :)

I have always been a fan of graffiti; I know it is controversial but from an Artists' perspective, it is freedom of expression  :)  

I wanted to share this photo as it represents so much of what I saw, houses burned, guttered or in piles on site, but then a flower is blooming in the garden or (as in this shot) someone has recently planted a blossom tree, there is real hope :)

The Setting Sun bouncing off this empty building covered in graffiti, to me I saw pure Art :) 

I apologise for the blurriness of the next few photos but like I said, we were rapidly running out of time and there were so many buildings I wanted to capture; all these were taken as we were driving by photographed thru the car windows. 

This building was reflecting the Sunset and I couldn't capture it to its full potential but I added it because it is an abandoned building, although it looks stunning but this space in the foreground is an abandoned lot where some people have dumped trash and others have planted a small veggie garden and I am not sure you will be able to see it but I think there are a group of small dark animals close to the tree bottom left of photo, when I zoomed in I saw little dog faces, it freaked me out a bit I must say.

Whizzing by

Some stand strong while surrounded everywhere with piles of rumble, if we didn't know better, in places it looks like a war torn City :(

This photo I called "Detroit Fading" 
This is the only photo, so far, that I have put in my photography shop on Etsy :)
to me it says everything about what I saw, beauty in the decay. 

I will share the other photos of Detroit another day :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners :)

Hi All :)

I Hope your Weekend & also the new Month are off to a lovely start :)

I am in shock the Sun has come out again and I've been sitting around in the garden and also taking photos of all the lovely flowers that are blossoming right now (definitely will share those soon :)

So, today I'm excited to be announcing the two Winners in my 
4th Blogiversary Giveaway :)

A big "CONGRATS"  to Danielle Porter and Chantelle Knick! ")

Danielle you won the 1st Prize; the 16 x 20 Photo Print. :)
(But you didn't leave me a way to contact you, so if you could contact me in the next week, that would be great :)

Danielle posted her fav. photo on Pinterest but as I do not have an account I can't contact her :( 

Here is her link; 


If anyone with a Pinterest account has anyway of contacting her, that would be awesome :)

Chantelle won the collection of cute little matching bags, I will be sending those off to her very soon :)

I would like to Thank everyone who participated in this Giveaway, commented on my blog, went to my Etsy shop, "hearted" them and everyone who is now following my blog :)

I love visiting with all my Blogger Buddies and Giveaways just add to that joy :)

Have a lovely Weekend, Cheers, T. :)