Photographer Dave Jordano is currently based out of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jordano originally hails from Detroit, Michigan, USA where he presents us a glimpse of his hometown. Like many inner-city urban neighborhoods, bad press and a general negative stigma plagues the city further alienating the people who inhabit the area from outsiders. Jordano focuses on the small neighborhoods “that make up the ethnic, racial, and social fabric of the city, and the people who live in them.”
In my time growing up in Oakland, California (primarily East Oakland) and teaching art in low-performing inner-city schools throughout the Bay Area (Hunters Point/Bay View, San Francisco, East and West Oakland), I quickly realized that there is absolutely no way in comparing one ghetto to another.
Even traveling into other inner-city ghettos throughout neighboring cities, and state-wide as well (half the time accidentally driving into unknown turf), one thing that I noticed was that each ghetto has a life of it’s own; A kind of unique “street culture”, if I may, exists with the people who live in the area that is unfamiliar, and sometimes unknown, to outsiders. The way of life in each ghetto is unique compared to the next, even if the neighborhoods are only several blocks away.
“For better or worse, and it’s been pretty much worse, if you can survive here, you can survive anywhere.”