Thursday, May 15, 2008

Flint assemblage

A Flint photo collage from awayfromkeyboard:

"Made up of over 300 photos from Flint, Michigan while on a trip to find a fabled cult-driven neighborhood called the Village of the Wolves.

"I think the window in the tree in front of the junkyard house is my favorite part, as it was my first photoshop tree. The guardrail to the left of that was largely cloned and masked, as well as the stairs and waterfront directly underneath.

"Masking the junkyard parts in front of the house and stitching the initial panoram that appears in the center were probably the most time-consuming, and ate up the first day.

"One item isn't from flint: the small boat on the left is from a diorama in the ghost town of Fayette, Michigan.

"And, because you're going to do it anyway..."

1 comment:

  1. Didja find the Village? Village of Wolves was a a bizarre agricultural community of sorts on Groveland and West Boulevard Drive. Tucked between junk yards, Eastern European Cemetaries, and a mobile home park its residents did seem a bit zombie like. A very strange place indeed, the farms and graveyards were just a few of the draws. The dirt roads were used for dumping all manner of detrius, dead dogs and the occasional human included. Grave desecration, prostitute sex, makeshift shanty construction, and ditching stolen cars were also popular VOW activities.

    Today VOW is quite a bit diffferent. The roads are paved, a barrier has been erected to prevent through traffic, the flooding problem has been fixed, the makeshift shelters are gone, and a number of the houses have been torn down. Part of the Flint River Bike Trail nows courses through the portion of Riverside Park that abuts the neighborhood.

    Riverside Park is Flint's largest, but it has never been fully developed. If you hike back a bit you can find some beautiful sites. Dense woods, rushing water, small islands, and a few tranquil pools.

    Perhaps one day the city will develop this as a nature park and link it up Bluebell Beach to the north.


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