Greetings and thank you for stopping by my photo blog, Urban Gritt, and clicking on my “About” page. I have been hooked on photography as an expression of my creativity for about two years. I photograph with a Nikon D90 and a Panasonic Lumix GF1. I have two other sites, TrufflesAndTea.com and CaptureTheSoul, and both are linked on the home page of UrbanGritt. I live in Michigan, have two wonderful daughters in college, I love beagles and one in particular…Zoie, my 13 year old beagle. I also am a diehard baseball fan…GO TIGERS!! Let’s just say I Love Detroit. I grew up in New Jersey, and have lived in Boston and Washington D.C. but the “D” is where my heart is!

When I started Urban Gritt, I wanted to show the beauty in this great City. Detroit, and Michigan, have had major challenges the last few years, well, actually the last few decades. After many years of prosperity and leading the world in automotive production and design, we got hit by a curve ball, but believe me when I say, this City has grit and will be the “come back kid” for the nation. Detroit gets alot of not so pretty press, but guess what…this is a City with Determination and our region is filled with incredible talent as well as desire to tackle obstacles head on and move forward. There is a very strong desire to reclaim what we’ve had and recreate a new Detroit, and New Michigan.

As often as I can and weather permitting, or not, I peruse the streets, neighborhoods, markets, business district, sports arenas, and culture to capture the soul and gritt of the City on digital film. The word gritt, which I enhanced from grit (mostly because urbangrit.com was already taken) is a word that implies Soul to me. Stamina. Character. Determination. Strength. Beauty. I admire people with Gritt. I admire a City with Gritt. Gritt can be pretty. It can be raw. Either way, it will evoke an impression. As Natalie Cole sang, “Unforgettable” that’s what you are Detroit.

So from sports, to art, to culture, to graffiti, to blight to business, it’s all here. Hope you enjoy this series as it unfolds. I’ve just started using HDR software and the effects lend themselves perfectly to the images I’m sharing. Come and see this wonderful City for yourself if you haven’t already been here. And if you know and love Detroit, or know and don’t love Detroit, I hope you feel some sort of nostalgia through my images for a City that was, IS, and will be GREAT!!




8 comments on “About”

  1. Wonderful blog Cathy. I look forward to many more posts! Love the HDR processing work you are doing with your urban grit series.

  2. Hi Cathy-

    I spent some time poking around urban gritt, and I have to tell you that I Love It! I’ve seen a lot of photos of Detroit but none quite like yours. Love the elegant grittiness of them. Very well done. Keep up the great work.


    PS – thanks for the comments on my site and the link to urbangritt. Perhaps some day we’ll cross paths while exploring Detroit.

    • Thanks Charlie!! Gotcha covered 🙂 I really appreciate your kind note and that you spent some time looking at my photos. I’ve lived here for about 25 years and I’ve developed quite a fond relationship with Detroit! It’s a beautiful City and I love exploring and learning new things every time I venture around. It would be fun to meet sometime and explore…when the weather gets warmer!

  3. Quick note to let you know that your site email comes into my MacBook Pro (Safari) about 1″ wide (pic and text). Just a heads up.

  4. Hi Cathy, I’d like to talk to you more about your Royal Oak photos. Will you email me your contact info? Thanks

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