Alleys & Ruins no. 129, Bond & Bailey (2009, Detroit, MI, 12am)

My friend Anna Cicone and I roamed all corners of Detroit well into the night, including a walk from 2-3am through the barren wasteland that is downtown. It was a good ol time! This long gone machine shop was almost directly under the enormous Ambassador Bridge, which spans the Detroit River and links Windsor Ontario to Detroit.

To get the shot, I had to position the tripod and camera right in the lane of the oncoming traffic, which wasn't a huge problem since there are shockingly few cars on the street in the Motor City. But brave Anna stood by the camera while the few cars passed by, making sure no one would hit it, while I walked around these buildings painting them with my lights.

With literally seconds left in the exposure, a cop car drove by and slammed the brakes. I closed the camera's shutter, while the cop jumped out yelling, "Are you trying to get yourselves killed! If you get hit here, in this part of town, don't expect helped for hours!" We apologized and the cop forgave, but told us to get the hell out of there. I agreed, happy with the shot stored safely in my camera.

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