Jimi in the Upper Room


Jimi in the Upper Room
,  No Trams To Lime Street (From Detroit’s Sacred Places Flickr Photo Group)
When I first saw this image posted, I immediately got a sense of the east side, the part of town where I grew up, and store fronts like this one that are a familiar site along Gratiot Avenue. This image reminds me of photographs like the those of Walker Evans from the 1930s – pictures that became evocative of American culture, through a photographer’s close examination of this country’s indigeneous expressions of life including mom and pop shops with their homemade signs and decorations along with remnants of popular culture like posters of cultural icons, etc. This photograph shows a unique and ironic interpretation of the “sacred” found right here in 21st-century Detroit.
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