Hi, my name is Benjamin, I am a photographer based in Germany.
Today I’d like to introduce you to my project ¨Dead Mansions of Detroit¨ Dead mansions are abandoned houses, buildings and estates, left alone, boarded-up but not without soul and a very special atmosphere. Built by hand, inhabited for decades they are a storage of memories of the people that lived there. Desolated and abandoned they exist with a special melancholic atmosphere waiting for their final destruction or decay.
My purpose is to capture that atmosphere, to collect momentary images of that evanescence. I want you to be able to see and feel Dead Mansions of Detroit from my perspective.
The city is said to have lost over 60% of its population since 1950 and where many people used to live before and during World War II, have now sought to live their lives in the suburbs and beyond. It has meant a huge increase in the number of abandoned houses. The story of the city of Detroit is one that very much captivates me. How houses were built and many lives began during the booming automobile industry in the 30’s followed by the tragic downfall makes me think of it like a modern wild west ghost town. A town with a very intense emotional atmosphere.
What do I mean with ¨Dead Mansions¨ ?
For years I’ve been roaming around looking for estates and houses that have this unique charisma. If you allow your eyes to see seemingly plain things in a different light you become fascinated by the impressive force of those buildings and you might get lost in an atmosphere of history, architecture and decay. A lot of times it is lost because you just pass by them or don’t want to see it, but captured in a photograph it comes to life and is kept like a time capsule, even after their final destruction.
With your help it will be possible for me to comb through Detroit for a month and photograph the stories of those buildings.
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