Decaying Churches of Detroit

You enter the dark church through the sacristy. When you stand in its former sanctuary, you immediately notice the churches badly vandalized state, broken wooden benches in disarray, a half-destroyed grand piano lying on its side, and the letters HELP spray-painted in...

Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, an Ancient Fortified City of Morocco

Aït Ben Haddou (Berber: Ath Benhadu, Arabic: آيت بن حدّو‎) is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas. You get there on foot through the river. There is no...

The Ruined Factories and Industrial Buildings of Motor City

Motor City Detroit is famous for its decaying but fascinating industrial buildings. To me the ruined grant halls and caved-in factory ceilings that create a dark atmosphere of desertion are captivating but it is the desks, chairs, and no parking signs that speak of...

Detroit’s Renaissance Center

When I photographed Detroit’s Renaissance Center in early January 2016, it was extremely cold and the strong gusts of wind didn’t help to get it done. I had just come from a tour through the more derelict parts of Metro Detroit and standing in front of the tall...

Detroit’s Terribly but Beautifully Derelict High Schools

Detroit, the derelict city of abandonment, has undergone a dramatic population loss like no other city in the United States. The result is that almost 50% of Detroit's square miles are vacant. The city architecture’s terrible but beautiful decline tells us what...

Sands of the Sahara Desert, Morocco

Erg Chebbi (Arabic: عرق الشبي‎) is one of Morocco’s two Saharan Ergs, which are sand or dune seas –  a large sea of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters and span an area of 50 kilometers from north to south and up...

Living in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

Erg Chebbi (Arabic: عرق الشبي‎) is really a sea of sand – lots of intensely red and orange sand that reminded me of the sand dunes of Star Wars. To the east you will find nomads living in the desert ruins of an old ghost town, next to an eerie, half buried cemetery....

Detroit’s Vanishing Graffiti Art

According to Mark Stryker in a July 2015 article in the Detroit’s free press, Detroit has become one of the most vibrant centers of graffiti street art in the country in recent years - in case you didn’t know. He says that hundreds of authorized murals by some of the...

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