Detroit Blues

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© Joshua Ball
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UploadedJanuary 26, 2010
TakenJanuary 24, 2010
Exposure1/20 sec at f/2.8
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For the past two Saturdays, I’ve found myself at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. On my second trip to the show, I noticed a man across the street from the entrance playing a trumpet beneath the street light. As anyone who has ever been to a major city knows, this is a common sight. Street performers who have hit hard times are often trying to earn a buck or two in order to survive. The image really hit me hard so I took a quick shot and entered the auto show. Adam from "The Rossi Collection" and I spent the next four hours touring the exhibits and taking photos of whatever we found interesting. The entire time I could not get the image of this man out of my head. I don’t know how much money is spent on the NAIAS but I’m guessing it’s in the high millions. Some of the vehicles were even priced in excess of a million dollars. When we left the show, the man with the trumpet was still on the corner playing his heart out for change. I couldn’t help but to notice the irony. People were paying money to see the world’s latest and greatest vehicles in exhibits that costs millions of dollars; all the while, this man sadly played his trumpet for pocket change. Detroit is the worst economically hit city in the nation and it represents the fall of American industrial might. To me, this image embodies Detroit and it is a stark contrast between the wealthy and the poor. The gap between social classes in America is widening and this is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. The man with the trumpet knows this, but many of the people he was playing for do not.

7 responses

  • Desiree Adams

    Desiree Adams gave props (25 Jan 2010):

    Fits the theme perfect!

  • Trent Marshall

    Trent Marshall gave props (25 Jan 2010):

    Great photo, I really like the brick on the sides.

  • n n

    n n (Deleted) gave props (26 Jan 2010):

    This is a great photo and your story is well written...voted.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (26 Jan 2010):

    Photo is right on.... Voted.

  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (27 Jan 2010):

    cool entry !

  • The Rossi Collection

    The Rossi Collection gave props (29 Jan 2010):

    Just saw this in my spotlight. lol Good one Josh. I know you froze your ass off taking it. I can't imagine how he felt. He'd been out there for hours.

  • The Rossi Collection

    The Rossi Collection gave props (29 Jan 2010):

    PS voted.

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