Driftin’ in the “D”

w/François Deck in Detroit

all photos F.D.

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Is there any way to answer such a question in America?

Back in Chicago we fell beneath the fascinating sway of the skyscrapers on Lakeshore Drive, then exited to the banalities of the freeway. François said: “Such a short stay in paradise.” It became a joke between us as we explored the steel plants and industrial ruins south of Chicago, continually bumping up against huge casinos that seemed calculated to catch whatever change a working man could earn in hell. François was shocked by the way everything on the roadside seemed to have a price (INJURE / KILL A WORKER, $7500 + 15 YRS). When we made it to the “D” it was finally clear. We’re always going to heaven and hell simultaneously.

Following are a series of photos that François took while drifting in Detroit.

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The old Packard plant, closed way back in 1956.

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The former Ford residence in Highland Park.

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The Heidelberg Project, by Tyree Guyton and friends.

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Graffiti at the Packard plant.

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Motown Museum (long live Stevie Wonder & Marvin Gaye).

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Central Station.

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Detroit Tigers.

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Man in the street.

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Color.

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