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Underground Railroad Memorial Detroit photo art
Underground Railroad Memorial Detroit photo art
Photo #546
(Use this photo number when ordering)
by Jan Kaulins

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MEMORIAL DETROIT photo art print photograph picture for sale UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MEMORIAL Detroit photo art print fine-art photography Detroit multiple exposure photo art for sale. This is a powerful MULTIPLE EXPOSURE photographic portrait of the Underground Railroad Memorial in Detroit, created by noted artist Ed Dwight, which sits on the edge of the Detroit River in downtown Detroit Michigan. This photograph was taken looking west. In the distance can be seen the Ambassador Bridge which connects Canada and United States. In the middle ground docked on the Detroit River is the Riverboat Princess. The magnificent and moving sculpture is in the foreground of this fine-art photograph by artist/photographer Mr. Jan Kaulins.

"This memorial is placed in one of the narrowest places in the Detroit river. Detroit was one of the largest gateways out of the country to free slaves to Windsor, Ontario, Canada. These rough waters in the dark of night was the route traveled to freedom. Many of the churches were hideouts for the slaves by day and until arrangements were made for the border crossing.

The memorial has many granite slabs engraved with facts about this gateway to freedom for enslaved people. One of these engravings shows many of the routes slaves had to take to get to Detroit. Another that shows a map of the Underground Railroad installments here in the city.

Until Emancipation, Detroit and the Detroit River community served as a gateway to freedom for thousands of African American people escaping enslavement. Detroit was one of the largest terminals of the Underground Railroad, a network of abolitionists aiding enslaved people seeking freedom. Detroitís Underground Railroad code name was Midnight. At first, Michigan was a destination for freedom seekers, but Canada became a safer sanctuary after slavery was abolished there in 1834. With passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, many runaways left their homes in Detroit and crossed the river to Canada to remain free. Some returned after Emancipation in 1863.
The successful operation of Detroitís Underground Railroad was due to the effort and cooperation of diverse groups of people, including people of African descent, Whites, and North American Indians. This legacy of freedom is a vital part of Detroit and its history."

This is an original High Dynamic Range (HDR) color photograph created by nationally recognized artist/photographer Jan Kaulins. It is one of the newest artistic images in his most recent series of photographs. Each photograph has been created from nine separate photographic digital exposures and then layered together into one photographic image. It is then Ďtone-mappedí where individual areas of the photo, as well as contrast, saturation and other qualities of the image can be artistically manipulated to bring out the artistic effects that make these photos so visually unique. Some of the photos in this series are even further enhanced for artistic effect giving them an almost painterly or graphic silkscreened look. They do not look like your grandmothers traditional photos. These photos are however not hand-colored, like Janís other photographic series shown on this website.

This is a relatively new photography technique which uses the blending of the nine multiple bracketed exposures to capture and emulate the way that light levels in the real world vary over an enormous tonal range, from the brightest area of sunlight to the darkest area in the shadows. All of these varying degrees of light cannot be exposed properly and captured in a single photograph---hence the necessity of layering and combining of the multiple over and under exposures to allow the viewer to see all of the existing areas of light at one time in one photo. The enhanced saturation and color of the multiple images also is a partial result of this very unique photographic process and can be quite stunning and dramatic. Sometimes these artistic Jan Kaulins photos seem to almost blur the sense of reality and illusion. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE PRICES, SIZES AVAILABLE AND ORDER INFORMATION.


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