Born and raised in Detroit, Brian Day’s photographic works examine a city that is dramatically polarized. An influx of youth and wealth in the downtown Detroit area is starkly contrasted against people and places facing sobering challenges. Still, Brian takes an optimistic view of the city in the project, "Planet Detroit," a reflection on the pride and optimism shown by both old and new Detroiters.
At the same time, Brian has chosen to take a look at the city from a unique angle in his series, "Detroit From Above," which examines the urban landscape from an aerial perspective. The city becomes an intricate tapestry when viewed from above. Vombined with the street level images, these two projects endeavor to illuminate the nuance of life in and around Detroit. The city is neither Nirvana nor Sheol; depending on where you stand, its reality is somewhere in between.