Art With Soul

There is a wonderful, deviant, and internationally recognized art exhibit in The Motor City called the Heidelberg Project. It’s an eclectic and artsy outdoor living space with homes and yards that span a couple of blocks on Heidelberg and Elliot Streets. You really have to experience it to fully comprehend it’s scope. Some of it is way too deviant for my taste but much of it is cooler than cool. People actually live in these houses that have accumulated years and years of rescued “junk yard” artifacts like moldy old mildew infested stuffed animals that hang out of windows and are piled high in high piles…or rusty old bicycles and tires twisted around rocks…or neon painted  shoes hung on fence posts and heaped under old lawn mowers. It’s eclectic and horrid and magical. The project was started in 1986 by an artist named Tyree Guyton and his Grandfather after he witnessed the Detroit riots at the age of 12. Armed with paint brushes and massive amounts of creativity, they embarked on their vision by turning a few inner city blocks into a gigantic art environment. Read more about this on http://www.heidelberg.org/history.html. I find it fascinating and intense and raw. Some of it is bone chilling, some amusing, some fanciful, some down right creepy…all at the same time. Most of all, it’s art. An expression, an emotion, an enigma. You can’t see it and then forget it. It’s one of those places with a dark soul personified in exotic artful expression as the light shines upon it. It’s run down and blighted but beautiful and bright. Although hard to explain, here are some images I took there this weekend. It’s perfect for lensbaby shots. Come on, let’s go on a tour…

The first house I stopped at had alot of girlie pink stuff…

A truck cab turned planter

Each house has it’s own style…this next set is from my favorite house…lots of great textures and forms and sculptures…

 

Check out this rusted oven filled with all these crazy things that look like big walnuts…

And crazy face sculptures

This one, is, Ummm, creepy…

This one is a little different…

And this next one I took looking up towards the sky and had some fun with it in post editing…I used the “ghostly” filter in Topaz…

This next one one is pretty cool I think…

This image begged for HDR…

Next is a colorful sculpture thing perfect for my lensbaby…

Remember those shoes I mentioned above? Well, voila…

There’s rust down here. Lots of rust. Have I mentioned that I LOVE to photograph rusty things? Well, now you know…and I had alot of fun photographing lots of rust…

Seriously, this is a rust lover’s heaven…

Rust and lensbaby…what a combination!! 🙂

Just one more, I promise…

OK…now for some colorful and fun collectibles…or junk??

In case you need to make a quick call…

Or Pray for Salvation…

You’re covered…

Not even the trees or fire hydrants were left untouched by a paint brush…

Did I also mention that I love to photograph chipped paint? 🙂

Check out the tree…

And to wrap up this little tour, here are some views of the houses…

Remember those mildewy stuffed animals I mentioned earlier, well…

One more house…

And last but not least…one little bloom, still blooming, HOPE…

Hope you enjoyed the tour of this unique little treasure…

Cheers,

Cathy

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6 Responses to Art With Soul

  1. This sounds like a great festival, and you’ve got the great pictures to prove it 🙂

    • Cathy Ross says:

      Thank you so much!! I’m heading over to your blog in a few minutes to catch up. Anyone who is reading my comment…treat yourself to viewing Journey Photographic…it’s awesome!

  2. Kim says:

    This was so much fun Cathy! Rust is great in Topaz too and the ghostly filter you used was perfect!

  3. Cynthia McWilliams says:

    Great post. Thanks for letting me tour an exhibit I can’t see geographically. I love to photograph rusted stuff too! Great work & photos!

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