Rust Belt Raw, editorial photography by Lex Dodson. Rust Belt Raw, editorial photography by Lex Dodson.

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    Approximately 80% totality, as seen from the roof of my apartment in Detroit. ... 4 circular polarizers and a 2-stop ND filter. 1/8000sec, f/32, ISO100. ... #eclipse2017 #eclipse #detroit
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    Makeup by @tralee.stack is straight witchcraft. @rifi____ 's eyeliner and lipstick were pristine after two hours of repeated dunks in warm, charcoal-laced water.
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    Great sessions begin with emptying charcoal gel-caps into a borrowed bathtub wedged into a tiny space. @rifi____ , with makeup by @tralee.stack.
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    Want to be the first portrait I shoot with the recently-added crown jewel of my camera collection? Tell me why it has to be you! This is a Detrola 400 rangefinder, an exceptionally rare art deco beauty. Made in Detroit in 1940, aimed squarely at Lecia's market. This one is a little rough, but nothing some testing, clean-up, and tuning can't fix. It's still an incredible piece of local history.
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    Latest collaboration with @sanguine_sanctity, wearing a unique @sanctusclothing robe made from vestment fabric. Worked with the company's founder on a custom color treatment for this shot. Pushed the edit further than usual, and I'm quite pleased with the results.
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    Latest with @panda_nkh, AKA @sanguine_sanctity, rocking a robe sewn from recycled vestments. Assisted by queen of lasers @tarynwaffles.
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    Purple lights on 1920s fixtures for a @flinteastwood concert. Only in Detroit.
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    A firefighter friend's helmet, full of proudly crafted details. Stitched leather town and engine badge, brass eagle motif on the crown, and lucky green tac light, all battle-scarred and still kicking.
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    Last night to check out the beautiful halfpipe in the Fisher Building. 6-9PM. Glorious sight.
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    #theprintswap
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    Recently reminded of an awesome day back in 2015 when @sexsmithdrift and his 2JZ-swapped @nvauto WRX won the Midwest Drift Union's event in the shadow of Michigan Central Station.

    #portsofdetroit #theprintswap
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    Portrait of Andrew Miller, hockey player for New Boston Huron, currently leading the state in goals scored. Part of a brief feature I shot for @detroitfreepress. Grabbed this two-light portrait between games, in a brief window before the next team took the ice. Total time with subject? 90 seconds.
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    More with @lexmercury working her stick-and-pokr voodoo on @veganvengeanceb12.
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    My portrait of @iamsirchriston debuts at the Scarab Club from 5PM to 8PM tonight. Massive 24x36in metal print of one of my best images. Drop by and check it out in person, along with multi-media work from over 30 other rising Detroit artists. See you there.

    #portsofdetroit
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    Preview of my print featuring @iamsirchriston in the Scarab Club's Silver Medal exhibition, opening February 22nd and running through April 1st. It's a monster 24 by 36 inch metallic print framed in American black walnut, hand-cut and finished with brushed stainless steel brackets fabricated by yours truly. The frame's blue stain interacts curiously with different light sources, changing dramatically depending on when and how you look at it. Extremely proud of this piece. I'll be at the Club repeatedly throughout the show, starting this Friday the 24th at 5PM for the awards ceremony at 7PM. Drop by and have a look at all the other pieces by emerging locals!
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    Enough teasers; time for the full reveal. Special thanks to The Dirty Show and Jeremy at River's Edge Gallery for finding a home for these giant filmstrips, featuring the stunning @leenaallure. The originals are spoken for, but custom sizes and mounts are still available. DM for details!
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    Sneak peek at one of two massive 54in x 14in prints of the lovely @leenaallure demonstrating the stages of a strip-tease, wrapped for delivery. Both will be on display and for sale at The Dirty Show, February 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, and 18th. An extensive collaboration, with the frames hand made by yours truly, the heavy, archival baryta prints made by Suraj at @negativeandprint, and Leena, as ever, brought her unmatched poise and charm to the camera. .
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    My photographic hiatus will be over soon. Posts have been light here thanks to some mental housekeeping and getting my work into several exhibitions. More announcements coming, and normal service will resume shortly. Thanks for sticking around, and hello to all my new followers!
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    #fineart #fineartphotography #show #tds #dirtyshow #bw #burlesque
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    To 2017.
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    Nigel of Norwayne Boxing Club, one of today's test portraits at the Downtown Boxing Gym. .
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    #boxing #silvergloves #downtownboxinggym #downtown #rustbeltraw #detroit #portrait #strobist #portsofdetroit
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    Meditation.
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    #packard #garagelife #car #classic
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    War veterans Sydney Harris, left, and Saul Arsht, right, trade stories at a wall memorializing Jewish soldiers during a Purple Heart Reuniting Ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on Nov 13, 2016. Harris is pointing to a photo of Albery Fields, claiming "this guy could have been a Jewish Yogi Berra," and recalling baseball games during his time in the service.
    Taken during a Purple Heart Reuniting Ceremony for the family of Tech 5th Grade Robert Mathis, killed defending Anzio, Italy from the Nazis 72 years ago. Full story on freep.com. .
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    #veterans #veteransday #detroit #purpleheart
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    Forward.
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    Pouring one out for Tires, and raising a glass to whatever comes next. @mike_lapp
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    Fruits of an afternoon communing with forest creatures. Namely, @madameenrouge.
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    #portaitpage @portraitpage #discoverportrait @discoverportrait #sunset #forest #maternity #maternityshoot #maternityphotography #rustbeltraw #detroit #portsofdetroit #theprintswap
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    One of photography's greatest honors is being trusted with immortalizing important moments. Thanks, @madameenrouge.
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    #portrait #maternityshoot #maternityphotography #maternity #rustbeltraw #detroit #gypsy #wanderlust #sunset #portsofdetroit
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    My photographic co-conspirator, she who dances with light and makes light dance for her, pixie prodigy and lifelong Queen of Lasers @tarynwaffles. .
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    #portrait #discoverportrait #portraitpage #dance #flow #color #blacklight #uv #ultraviolet #rustbeltraw #Detroit #portsofdetroit #theprintswap
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    Kanye West sings to the crowd, last night at Joe Louis Arena. Worked with some impressive journalists on this one, including Brian McCollum, whose excellent write-up of the show is at Freep.com, along with a gallery of my shots. Shout-out to @notmayayounis, who shows up literally everywhere, and to Stephanie and Dean at Olympia Entertainment. .
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    #kanyewest #saintpablotour #joelouisarena #Detroit #music #yeezy #yeezymi #rustbeltraw
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    Photos from my coverage of yesterday's protest against Donald Trump at Great Faith Ministries are on Freep.com.
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    Self-identified American Muslim Maha Khan marches near Great Faith Ministries in Detroit, Michigan, protesting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's upcoming interview with pastor Wayne T. Jackson on Sep 3, 2016.
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    #news #khan #nevertrump #makeamericagreatagain #muslim #american
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    Seeking wisdom on strangers' shins. "Perspective is the cheat code to life." -Keeshee
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    #dirtybirdbbq #wisdom #truth #ink #tattoo #ink #dance #music #concert #Detroit #rustbeltraw
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    That mambo #swing with @chaaarrrliiee & Minh, dancing it up 50's style after heavy rain at the Dirtybird Barbecue. .
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    #dirtybirdbbq #dirtybird #Detroit #edm #music #concert #rustbeltraw
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    A soaking rain gave us three inches of mud right in front of the main stage. Putting the dirty in #dirtybirdbbq.
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    #whosafraidofdetroit #Detroit #dirtybird
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    Strong and simple with @veganvengeanceb12. Profiles this striking don't need much embellishment.
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    #blackandwhite #discoverportrait #portraitpage #simple #strong #vegan #portrait #mohawk #punk #rustbeltraw #Detroit #portsofdetroit
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    Hipster beach over on Belle Isle gets busier every time I visit. Fortunately, it wasn't too swamped to sneak in a session with the indomitable @honeypuke. Spent an afternoon running from gnats, dodging crowds, discussing feminism, catching Pidgeys, and making pictures.
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    #belleisle #hipsterbeach #portraitpage #portrait #sunset #sun #sundown #rustbeltraw #nature #Detroit #portsofdetroit
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    Latest with the perpetually stunning dame @leenaallure. Nothing like poking a 13ft light stand out a 2nd-story window to create that gothamesque light. .
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    #burlesque #noir #portrait #makeportraits #rustbeltraw #Detroit