Grand Rapids, Michigan
Big Rapids, Michigan
ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE
My fascination with the mid-west began five years ago while traversing the country by train, in search of remnants of Americana throughout the Rust Belt region. It led me to meet the people who remained in these towns, years and decades after being laid-off from their jobs as factory and mill workers.
I had never seen towns quite like this before. These were places where the majority of businesses were shuttered, run down motels were now serving as subsidized housing and only half of the homes on any given residential street were occupied.
Since then, I’ve been going back to the mid-west every summer and revealing more of these places. They are everywhere and I soon realized that this is what real America looks like.