Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I just discovered the web site of Mitch Cope: http://www.mitchcope.com/. He's the artist who has gotten a lot of press recently about buying houses for nearly nothing in the worst part of Detroit and encouraging others to do the same. His photos of Detroit are amazing, and I love what he says about living in the city:
"...Detroit is a particular kind of place that demands utmost respect and attention, sort of like lion taming: it is not for everyone and it is not easy. Detroit is a beautiful, strong and passionate city, but it is also unpredictable and aggressive and therefore must be handled with the proper tools and caution. ... you will love Detroit, but you will also hate it, it's only natural."
I certainly have a love/hate relationship with the place. I mostly hate it, but also love it like you would a family member or old friend who's fallen on hard times. No matter how much I try to deny it, Detroit is a part of me. In spite of the fact that I originally ended up here by a cruel twist of fate, and returned here by another odd turn, Detroit is significant in my history, my memory, and my creative inspiration.