For those who live in cold states, understand the depressing affects of seeing leafless trees, limited color or sun throughout the winter and cold temperatures making you wish that you were in a warmer state six to seven months of the year. Luckily, there’s a little hidden gem on historic Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan where you can escape the brutality of Michigan winters, even if it’s only for a few short hours.
I found out about this attraction a few years ago when I started going to Belle Isle for photos early in my creative journey. It all started when my friends and I on a hot June day of 2016 would hop the fences to the now abandoned Belle Isle Zoo, and take pictures and drink some beers, or see the beautiful sunset at Pyramid Point - hand’s down the best sunset in Detroit! Now that winter is caving in, I went back for different reasons.
I’ve seen a few of my friends in the art community be creative at the Belle Isle Conservatory, and thought, “why not?” as my friend Abby and I headed out to take some pictures and be in some warmth.
Here is the photoset from that day. I love utilizing plants as my foreground, so this was my perfect place to create some great portraits. You’ll be able to see some variations between the edits - enjoy!