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A clear view of Detroit – Detroit Portraiture

Portrait of a window washer - Detroit Portraiture
Detroit small business owner Jamal Wheeler

Jamal was working away in Greektown.  Going at his job with the determination of a heavy weight contender trying to strip the belt from the champ, when I first saw him.  Being a street photographer as well as a portrait photographer,  I rattled off a few shots of Jamal through the window before I decided that he would be a great subject for Detroit in Portraits.  I then approached Jamal and asked if we could do a few portraits and a quick interview.  He graciously agreed.

Portrait of a Detroit Entrepreneur - Detroit Portraiture
Detroit’s entrepreneurial spirit at work.

He went on to tell us “I am a small businessman.  I own a couple of businesses. So, I like the autonomy.  I like to be able to choose my destiny and hopefully, be able to supply and please the public at the same time.”  When asked about his favorite memory in Detroit, Jamal replied  “Getting married here and my kids being born here. As for strictly about the city? The resilience. Because there are a lot of reasons to give up, but even more to keep fighting.”  I am not a gambler, but if I were,  I would bet that Jamal will be an entrepreneurial champ in Detroit.

FITTEAM Is At Comerica Park – Detroit Portraits

Portrait of FITTEAM member - Detroit PortraitsWe met up with Jessica at Comerica park and she was looking great in her FITTEAM attire.  When asked what FITTEAM was, Jessica replied… “It’s an all natural organic supplement that helps people lose weight, have energy and feel better about themselves.” So, less the “all natural organic” part, it sounds a lot like what running around Detroit all day does for me!

 

 

Portrait of FITTEAM Jessica - Detroit PortraitsWhen it comes to what Jessica loves in Detroit, she was quick to answer… “The baseball games.  The football games.  The hockey games.  All of it!!!” I think it’s safe to assume that Jessica loves her sports. But I’m rather sure that last sentence really meant all of Detroit in every way and the awesome people that make the city. Am I right Jessica?

Why Yes, That is Roop Raj – Detroit Portraits

Today started off with meeting Fox 2 News roving reporter and news anchor Roop Raj in Downtown Detroit. Roop was kind enough to give us a few moments to take a couple of portraits and then allow us a quick interview.

Portrait of Roop Raj at Detroit in Portraits
Fox 2 News Reporter Roop Raj

When asked  what he likes to do in Detroit, Roop responded… “I love to be in Detroit. I love to work in Detroit and I love to tell the story of this comeback. Because, no place in the world are you seeing a city come back block by block. This is the only place in the world that it is happening. The only other place it happened before, in recent history, was New Orleans after Katrina. I was there for that. So, to come home to the place I grew up in Detroit and tell this great American comeback story has been exhilarating on the most mundane, daily basis. Every day there is something new and awesome happening.”

 

Portrait of Roop Raj of Fox 2 News - Detroit Portraiture
Roop Raj Posing for Detroit in Portraits

I must say that Roop was an extremely personable and well spoken gentleman. A true pleasure to meet and to interview. He really loved the idea of Detroit in Portraits and even joked that perhaps he should be interviewing us! Thanks Roop.

 

All photography provided and copyrighted by Tony Lafferty.
Prints are available in the store at: www.tonylafferty.com

Kat is the cool Cat in Detroit – Detroit Portraiture

Detroit Police Department Officer Kat Eaton

Kat’s personality and demeanor are a hard combination to beat.  He wears his heart on his sleeve and brings a polite, loving, kindness to the people and streets of Detroit. Definitely one of the good guys, Kat says… “One touch, one positive word, one small prayer could make a world of difference”.  So true Kat!

 

All photography provided and copyrighted by Tony Lafferty.
Prints are available in the store at: www.tonylafferty.com