These Detroit Photos Contrast Past Residents with Its Current State

By: Cadhla Gray - Aug 25, 2015
References: floraborsi & petapixel
This collection of Detroit photos overlay recent images of modern-day Detroit with old photographs of inhabitants of the city from the 1900's. Detroit has gone through a lot of change, going from a booming, bustling metropolis to losing 60% of its population over the last 60 years. Flora Borsi's collection aims to show what it would be like for past upscale residents to see their largely abandoned city in its present state.

Flora Borsi captured the new background photographs and retouched the old ones herself, carefully adding color to the black and white subjects. Once integrated with her modern-day Detroit photos, the coloring allowed them to blend more naturally. The finished products are visually appealing as well as thought-provoking. They include a married couple saying their vows in a dilapidated, graffiti-laden church as well as a pair of gentlemen in bowler hats standing in a deserted parking lot.