Monday, February 15, 2010

Detroit Ice House

I went on a photo safari to the Detroit "Ice House" yesterday with a local photography Meet Up group.

The Ice House is an abandoned house that has been covered in ice. Described as an "architectural installation and social change project," I think it was really just an excuse to do something crazy.

It looked pretty cool when it was first frozen, but by yesterday most of the ice had melted.

Created by a photographer and an architect who say the project references "contemporary urban issues," they have received a lot of media attention (NPR, The Washington Post, etc. etc.)

But the Ice House was only half the point for me yesterday. I was mostly interested in the experience of going out to shoot something with a group of photographers. And this turned out to be a lot of fun. I felt like a kid again, going out to play with the other kids in the neighborhood.

I had been reticent to go on one these group photo safaris because my camera is a humble point-and-shoot, but it turned out that none of the "real" photographers made fun of me because of this.

Behind the house I found this hubcap in the snow:

And also this chair:


Juanita said...

I really like your photos. I have a point ans shoot too. :-) But I can't take great photos. You have to have an eye for that.

willow said...

I would have loved tagging along! Super-duper pics.

Barb Black said...

Being a snow lover, I love this set of photos!!! Knowing how much you dislike snow, I admire that you managed to find beauty in it anyway. I love that.

Blog Princess G said...

I bet they didn't laugh at your point and shoot. Not when you get the pics you do. My photo club members are likewise kind to me. Maybe it's something to do with photographers?

LindsayLewis said...

Hi Hilary, as I was admiring your wonderful photos of the Detroit Ice House, I suddenly noticed you had read our book The Inconvenient Child. Sharyn and I hope you liked it and I must say, it is a thrill to see it has been read by someone on the other side of the world and mentioned on your blog. Did you see all the extra photos and videos on the book's website Thanks again for the mention and I'd love to hear from you on the site's Contact Us page. Best wishes, Lindsay

Hilarywho said...

Wow! What a small world it's become: The Australian author of a book I just read ends up looking at photos on my blog - it boggles my brain.