Working with Brian O. and Desmond L. have been a true treat.
We just walked around West Village, found a house, and sat on someone's porch to catch this shot.
Living on the edge. lol
Photo by Desmond Love
Like many native Detroiters, Belle Isle holds a special place in our hearts. Chances are, your family has had at least three family reunions. Even my grandmother had a photo album full of her and her crew in front of the Clock at the located at the entrance. I remember because it was surrounded by a bed of beautiful flowers.
With all of the new regulations becoming enforced and the island becoming a home to the Michigan State Troopers-- there's no need to elaborate on how; "not so welcome", the island is to locals now.
Even on this day, there was a heightened sense of "we're not supposed to be here" as we were shooting.
This fountain is definitely a landmark and so is Belle Isle.
My hope is that the natives are as welcomed here, as everyone else who visits.
photo by Desmond Love
Anytime I change my hair, I go to Justin Milhouse to take my photo. There is just something about his work that is timeless and iconic. Milhouse is a powerhouse and respected artist-photographer in Detroit and the Midwest. I love him because he captures the essence of me. Each time, I am blown away with how much he sees and ultimately feels. So, with that being said: Millz is the Man.
Photo by Justin Milhouse
I used to play softball over here.
It's honestly painful to drive past the fields because this is where I saw my coach last.
Prior to his passing, I hit triples and doubles, stole plenty of bases, but I never took the time to come and look at the water.
Upon my return, this exact spot where this photo was taken, was the same place that I came to be alone with the city.
Now, I come here to say hello to Coach Fobbs.
photo by Desmond Love
A couple of years ago, I went an event located at a retail store in Midtown. RockCity Lookbook was gaining some clout and I was looking to cast more folks who get dressed up on the regular.
During the event, there was an employee that seemed to fit the bill. I watched him walk around the store as if he owned the place. So, I went straight up to him to give the props, he was indeed CLEAN.
He told me that his name was Nelson and that it was actually his last few days working at the store and that he was transitioning into selling custom suits. He was cool. I snapped a few photos of him, posted them and wrote about it on RCL Tumblr shortly after.
Some months later, after running into Nelson several times, I thought it would be a great idea to shoot with him for RockCity. He agreed, and we went to shoot at Black Bottom Park.
While we were shooting, Nelson and I talked about the importance of getting dressed every single day and how we can set the tone of how we want to be perceived based upon those things. We both wanted to pull more folks together who were like us and document it.
Later, Nelson texted me about an idea, inspired by our recent talks. It was to curate a group of stylish folks who are killing it in the city. Thus, The Seen was created.
This photo was the first outing with The Seen.
photo by Hayden Scott
This place, the brand and the owners hold a special place in the heart of RockCity Lookbook.
We had been working with DCC for three years when they found their home in Midtown. The relationship began easy and has been like that ever since.
I remember messaging Mike about possibly borrowing his inventory to style folks for RCL and being so nervous. lol. I sent a small portfolio of my work and had a long passage to sell him on this idea. He replies, "Absolutely, whatever you need, just let me know when".
And just like that, Detroit Clothing Circle became Rockcity Lookbook's primary source for clothing for our projects.
Here, I'm inside of their midtown shop, rocking their threads, styled by me.
photo by Charlito