Abandoned Southern Michigan: Skeletons of Industry

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This book seeks to serve as a collection of photos of abandoned and decaying buildings that litter the towns and cities of Southern Michigan, from a massive abandoned paper mill near Kalamazoo to the skeletal remains of the once thriving industries of Detroit, and an amalgam of now abandoned amusement parks, roadside attractions, and factories in between, from Adrian to Saginaw. These pictures aim to express the sense of wonder and the eerie undertone that comes with exploring places stuck in time, whether they have been widely reclaimed by nature, are simply left to decay and crumble, or are destined to be restored by a caretaker of history. These places stand just as they were the day they were forgotten. Glimpse inside of monoliths on a vicarious excursion through an exercise of empathy. There is beauty in broken glass, comfort in the quiet stillness of liminal spaces, and history in the skeletons of concrete.
ISBN: 9781634992688
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: Michigan
Series: America Through Time
Images: 140
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.5 (h)
BRYCE RICKMAN has a degree in graphic design and works in a print shop near Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a hobbyist and aspiring artist, poet, and musician. As a native of Southeast Michigan, he grew up in the shadow of the same monolithic ghosts of industry that he now seeks to photograph. Relatively new to urban exploration, he seeks to capture and convey, through photography, a sense of empathy and wonder for the places forgotten to and frozen in time, and the daily lives of those who worked and lived in those now decaying skeletons.
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