Induced Introspection

The Ruins of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre had a strong rhetorical influence on me. The images that compose the photo narrative resemble a nuclear fallout: abandoned buildings, melted clocks, dentist offices set-up as if a patient would be coming in that afternoon – it is evident that people left in a hurry. The images make me feel despair, and I find myself in a state of wonder as to how things got so bad. The introduction puts it concisely, “The logic that created the city also destroyed it.” Industrialization is the key component that allows us to live how we do today, but often the negative side effects get ignored. Whether it be the smog-breathing car we climb into every day to shuttle us off to find fulfillment in work, school or play, or the light switch we so carelessly flick on, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The Ruins of Detroit is a piece that forces you to confront this easily forgotten negative side of industrialization, and this induced introspection is a very persuasive tool.

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