The Spirit Never Fades in Detroit

November 08, 2012

This blog post was featured on The B&W Photo website this week. Check the site out for some great black and white images..

by Mike Boening

This image is of The Spirit of Detroit statue on an early morning during our World Series run. The actual statue stands 26ʹ tall and is crafted from bronze and on some days with the correct lighting the green shade almost looks "Hulkish". This statue has been a symbol of Detroit since 1958 and was originally built in Norway in 1955 for a sum of $58,000. In its left hand it holds a bronze sphere and in the right is a family. It is the symbol of Detroit more than any other symbol or statue as well as being the central element in almost all of Detroit's lettering and images about our city. 

One of the more unique things that happens from time to time is it will be dressed in our local teams jersey's if they make it to the World Series or Stanley Cup for example. When this happens it becomes the model for many photographers across the state and beyond. Although our Tigers didn't prevail in the World Series we did get to share the pride that comes with being there and playing the games. Detroit is certainly a town that has had its fair share of setbacks but it is a beautiful city that has some of the most prideful people in the world when it comes to not giving up. Our sports teams play a central part in all of that and this image represents that. In the short time I was there at 7:00am till about 7:30 no less than 25 people stopped to take pictures. The temperature outside was a balmy 34 degrees with 25 MPH wind, a perfect November day...

After getting home I knew that I wanted to make this image a black and white to bring out the power and structure of the statue. I processed first in Aperture and then brought it in to Silver Efex Pro 2 for some subtle boosts to the structure and contrast.


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