The DELRAY Project

In early 2016, a nonprofit organization that is working to increase the quality of life of people in Delray, Detroit

approached me to document this area before a new bridge to Canada is constructed in the center of this Detroit neighborhood.

They asked me because they knew I was already working in this community for the Common Heroes project.

I wanted residents to document the way they see their own community. I organized a photography workshop and

supplied them with cameras. People were so eager to tell their stories, I started recording conversations.

The project resulted in a slideshow that also includes some of my own photos. This is a selection of photos that were in the slideshow, plus a few more.

The video above is the complete slideshow with audio interviews, which can also be found at

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DeAngelo, Issaac, Cindy and Isaiah on their porch. Issaac grew up in the suburbs. Him and Cindy have been moving from place to place in Delray for about 20 years.


From DELRAY project