This past Saturday, I woke up at 5:30 am to ride my bike around the city so I could get some shots of my favorite spots without hundreds of people cluttering the shots. I first headed to North Avenue Beach to get a some shots of the lake and the sunrise (well worth the sacrifice of having to get up so early). After that, I headed down to the infamous “bean”, which was a success because I was able to get a few shots with almost no one in the frame.
Following the bean shoot, my buddy John me up with me and we ventured west…a little further west than most go. We attempted to explore an abandoned candy factory which was not successful. This particular building was fenced in and had a 24-hour security guard on watch. This is somewhat strange for me because most abandoned buildings in Detroit are actually abandoned, leaving us to not have to worry about someone cutting our creative excursion short. Also, Transformers 4 was shooting in the area so we weren’t allowed to go anywhere around the outside of the building. At this point we knew there wasn’t much we could do and there really wasn’t anything else in that area worth shooting.
After the failed candy factory attempt, we made our way to our final location of the day, the Damen Silos, another location that Transformers 4 will be shooting at, as we seen some spaceships on the property and unique symbols painted on the silos. This location was probably the most successful. Next to the silos were a couple abandoned buildings, one of which was covered in graffiti. Needless to say, some great shots were taken here. I can’t wait to find more areas of the city to explore. In the mean time, here are some shots from my adventure: