Hard.Land – Firestorm, Detroit

Espen Rasmussen

Photography & Video: Espen Rasmussen
Edit: Espen Rasmussen
Reporter: Roy F. Andersen
Music: Chris Zabriskie, Sylinder Six

The firefighters of Detroit are among the busiest and toughest in the world. On a single shift which lasts for 24 hours, Jim Curry and his men can go from one fire to another for hours.

Detroit has over 60,000 abandoned buildings. All too often, they are set on fire for no other reason than the entertainment of arsonists.

Hard.Land is a multimedia project – a journey through Blue Collar America to meet the people struggling to keep the American Dream alive: The middle class, the unemployed, the new poor, the workers on low or minimum wage – and those who have lost benefits and had their salaries slashed.

From Chicago to Detroit, Youngstown, Beckley, Williamsport and finally New York, reporter Roy Freddy Andersen and photographer Espen Rasmussen tell stories of people who are facing difficult times, and those who still have work, but often on minimum wages.

Project webpage: hard.land
Facebook: facebook.com/myhardland
Instagram: myhardland
Twitter: myhardland

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