Portrait of Detroit: Local photographer creates a time capsule of her resilient city

Batoul, 2017. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Detroit-based photographer Corine Vermeulen has launched a Kickstarter to produce a photo book of portraits and landscapes celebrating day-to-day life in Detroit, capturing a resilient community in the midst of a challenging transition. Entitled Your Town Tomorrow, the book is scheduled to be published in December 2018.

Depicted by national media as a place of both economic turmoil and new opportunity, the world often forgets that it is the people—not venture capital firms and new developments—who comprise the great "Arsenal of Democracy". As Detroit finds its footing after the Great Recession, bankruptcy, and emergency management, Vermeulen hopes her book will convey how essential Detroit’s resilient citizens are to their city’s cultural vitality.

"Although documentary in nature, these images are not meant to survey a Detroit 'as is'," explains Corine, "rather, they function as a glimpse into an alternate reality, where everyday life stands at a crossroads: between hope and despair, vulnerability and strength, the past and the future."

Vermeulen has chronicled her life and work in Detroit for more than a decade: the communities she has lived in, her friends and neighbours, strangers on the street. Your Town Tomorrow is a portrait of all these people and places. Support the campaign on Kickstarter today.

PJ and goats, 2011. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

PJ and goats, 2011. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

It don't exist, 2008. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

It don't exist, 2008. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Ray Shawn and his uncle's van, 2011. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Ray Shawn and his uncle's van, 2011. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Prairie and former Koenig Coal Yard Silos, 2007. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Prairie and former Koenig Coal Yard Silos, 2007. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Munni, Aftar and Shahina, 2011. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Munni, Aftar and Shahina, 2011. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

tatue of Liberty, 2017. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

tatue of Liberty, 2017. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Cowboy, Peacemakers International, 2011.

Cowboy, Peacemakers International, 2011.

Yasmin, 2015. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen

Yasmin, 2015. Courtesy of Corine Vermeulen