Saturday, April 4, 2009
Photographer Kevin Bauman has created a hauntingly beautiful photo essay that captures 100 abandoned houses in Detroit.
He writes: "I have developed an interest in the interaction between man and environment. Whether the urban decay associated with Detroit, or the mountains of the western United States, my focus has been and continues to be on the landscape. My landscapes, however, do not always reflect the idyllic scene most often portrayed by the traditional landscape photograph or painting, but ranges from serene Lake Superior sunsets to chaotic post-industrial landscapes of urban Detroit."
The collection reminds me of Andō Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, a series of woodcuts depicting Tokyo as an economic and cultural power in the 18th century. Bauman is depicting a once-great city as it desperately tries to survive. Despite the wildly different circumstances, both artists capture a sense of pride that permeates each place.