Architecture and Cityscapes in Detroit

Architecture and Cityscapes in Detroit

I finally finished retouching my images from Detroit, about a year after my trip. I took a short weekend trip to the city last November. It’s only 4 hours away from Toronto after all.

While I’m more interested in modern and recent architecture, Detroit offers some interesting shooting opportunities. If you’re into decay and urban exploration, you’ll definitely love it though 😉

We spent most of our time in the Downtown area. Our first stop was the Guardian Building and its free tour. The interiors are very nice!

Diamond Ceiling | The Guardian Building - Detroit, MI

Diamond Ceiling | The Guardian Building

The Hart Plaza and its surroundings are a great spot to shoot architecture. I particularly like One Woodward and its white steel facade.

Metal Hive | One Woodward - Detroit, MI

Metal Hive | One Woodward

White On Blue | One Woodward - Detroit, MI

White On Blue | One Woodward

The Transcending Monument, a Michigan Labor Legacy Landmark, is a beautiful sculpture and I really like shooting it. Perfect blue skies offered a great black background in B&W.

Transcending | Philip A. Hart Plaza - Detroit, MI

Transcending | Philip A. Hart Plaza

Transcended | Philip A. Hart Plaza - Detroit, MI

Transcended | Philip A. Hart Plaza

When walking towards the Renaissance Center, I got lucky with a plane passing by while I was shooting:

Reminiscence | Renaissance Center - Detroit, MI

Reminiscence | Renaissance Center

We were staying at the Crowne Plaza and the building has some cool shapes:

Glass Teeth | Crowne Plaza - Detroit, MI

Glass Teeth | Crowne Plaza

Walking a little further, I got to see the Grand Army of the Republic Building, a very interesting building. It’s castle look definitely stands out in the Motor City architecture. I like how isolated the building is.

A Grand Past | Grand Army of the Republic Building - Detroit, MI

A Grand Past | Grand Army of the Republic Building

Saturday night offered a beautiful sunset and I’m glad I researched a couple of spots to shoot cityscapes. The Z Lot parking garage has some great views of Downtown Detroit.

The Wealth Of The Mind | The Z Lot - Detroit, MI

The Wealth Of The Mind | The Z Lot

The Empty Lot | The Z Lot - Detroit, MI

The Empty Lot | The Z Lot

Then we tried shooting the Renaissance Center from a lot across the street. I say “tried” because we got kicked out by security within minutes. I’m glad I got this one shot!

A Different Era | Renaissance Center - Detroit, MI

A Different Era | Renaissance Center

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