One of the places on our MUST list in Detroit was visiting the ruins of the old Packard Motor plant. Opened in the early 1900s, it stopped car production in the late 1950s, and while some companies used it for storage and such until the 1990s, it’s currently totally empty and has been stripped by scavengers.
It sits on a huge lot of .15 square kilometers, which is pretty big. We spent a good 2 and a half hours there and only had the time to visit half of the buildings, staying on the main floor all but for a few. A heck of a lot of graffiti inside, some random objects (like a few boats lol) and just some fun exploring. Old elevator shafts, broken down bathrooms… but with all urban exploring, there were pieces of glass all over, rusty nails sticking up. So you have to be really careful when walking around. Some of the stairs were wood so I didn’t venture too high, preferred sticking to the concrete ones.
For my whole trip to Detroit, I had nothing but a Fuji X100s, which has one lens, no zoom. So that was a bit limiting in my selection of angles, but on the other hand, made me explore around more to find fun shots!
We hit the plant around 3pm, after having had my mini portrait session with my new local friend Damon (you can read about that here). Not much to say about each image, I’ll just post them down below and let you view them. We did run in to a few movie scouting crews who were checking out the place for upcoming Hollywood production – Taken 4, District 13. And even a random crew from Montreal to whom we had fun speaking french to lol.
Hey… where did Pierre go?
Pretty fun take on making some wall art!
How DARE they burn shoes?!?!?!?!?!
The next two pictures where in a further away building and it was totally pitch black inside. A little creepy.
And here is the whole other section that we didn’t have a chance to check out!