Detroit PDML Does Avedon

P N Stenquist pnstenquist at
Mon Oct 19 12:06:01 EDT 2009

Bill Sawyer, Mark Cassino and I spent a few hours viewing the Avedon  
show at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. We also reviewed the  
museum's excellent photography collection, a retrospective that spans  
100 years and includes a number of iconic images. The Avedon work  
invites scrutiny, in that the lighting is sometimes very complex and  
the degree of contrast varies greatly. A very interesting and  
informative show.

After touring the two exhibits, we dropped in at a nearby brewpub,  
"Traffic Jam and Snug," for a bite. I shot bill and Mark at the table  
with the K7 and DA* 16-50. Bill is f 3.5, 1/13th, Mark is f2.8,  
1/13th. Both at ISO 3200:

I drove Woodward up through the city on the way home. While a couple  
of blocks surrounding the museum are nice, most of the way the  
neighborhoods to either side of Woodward are battle scarred,  
dangerous  and decrepit. However, about a  mile north of the museum,  
the New Center neighborhood (which was new many, many years ago)  
boasts a few very nice streets and some lovely homes. Some of the  
houses are in disrepair and a few are boarded up, but compared to the  
rest of the area, it's an oasis. I snapped a couple of pics:

But Detroit is a study in contrast. Just across Woodward I saw this:

Detroit was on the verge of making a comeback ten years ago or so. The  
current downturn isn't helping. I expect it will come roaring back  
some day, but it will probably be long after I'm gone from both this  
area and this life.


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