Today is one of those write-off days. You know, you have such great plans and they just don’t happen. I am too tired and hungover to be of much use for anything. I’ve been so tired all week. I’m sleeping the same amount as always, so who knows why my energy levels have crashed. I hope I’m not going to be ill.
Last night I met up with some friends from work. We’d intended a few drinks, but ended up in a club and I didn’t make it home until nearly 3am. It was a great night and so nice to get to know my workmates a little better. The people I work with really are lovely, and I’m loving the chance to make some new friends.
I’m paying for it today though. Suffering from quite the headache.
I’ve been terrible at posting this week. Blame the amount of shifts I’ve had and my general exhaustion. I apologise; regular programming will return this week.
I was going to do another outfit post today, but I haven’t managed anything more exciting than Hollister joggers, so that’s not happening. Instead, I had a little dig in my inspiration folder of pictures I’ve saved and came across this.
It’s the old ballroom of a hotel in Detroit. I can’t remember now why I saved it, but I had a search around and found the website of the photographers. Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre captured a series of images over several visits to Detroit.
All images are taken from their website, linked above. The photographs are very bizarre to look at. They’re chilling in a strange way. There are pictures of classrooms and police stations abandoned entirely, paperwork still laid out on the desks, as if the inhabitants had to flee from some sort of natural disaster. The images of Detroit are eerie and uniquely striking. They look like pictures of ship-wrecks. You expect these places to be underwater.
The story of Detroit is a sad one, but one that has apparently been over-sensationalised by the media. I first became aware of what had happened and what was happening after seeing ‘Requiem for Detroit?’. I’m not sure if the documentary is still available to watch anywhere online, but if it is, it’s well worth a watch. It’s fascinating. It gives a pretty unbiased view of Detroit’s struggle after the motor industry moved out of the city. The money was gone. The people went with it. Detroit is a city built for a population far bigger than the one it has. That’s why so many of these buildings sit in decay. There’s no-one to be in them. But there is life in Detroit. There are people still there, just living their lives. Detroit isn’t a dead city.
It’s hard to imagine the two sides of Detroit. There’s the city which is still very much alive. The music scene is said to be about to start giving us some very interesting things (what else from the city of Motown?). But then we see haunting pictures like these.
I don’t pretend to know anything at all about Detroit really, but it is fascinating, and I think there is so much sad beauty in these photographs.