When I'm out photographing I'm constantly confronted with the ever changing landscape of Detroit. I try not to fall into any cliches when doing the work. There is a plethora of imagery that solely focuses on the ruins and decay of the area.
I look for places that show the evidence that people are still inhabiting these spaces. There is both comedy and tragedy and I search for the somewhere in between. I also like to include my family in the work. I strive for the work to be personal. These are the people and places of my life and I want to use my camera to explore and discover new meanings. My biggest influences are Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Sally Mann, and Alec Soth.
Someday I will get my act together and find the proper resources to create my work. I hope to have a fully operating color darkroom in my basement by the end of the year.
- Megan Thayer