Patrick Dunn first reported on the Regional Transportation Authority of Southeast Michigan this summer in a series of articles about transit in Washtenaw County. However, efforts to connect Detroit to Ann Arbor via public transit represent only a portion of its master plan for streamlining transit across the metro area, and Dunn was excited to cover the bigger picture. “It’s easy to see that we could use some new solutions for transportation in the metro area, and interesting to see the effort going into coming up with some new ideas,” Dunn says. “I’m fascinated to see how much our reality resembles these plans another decade or two down the road.” Dunn writes for numerous publications, including The Detroit News, Metromode, and the Ann Arbor Observer.
For Justin Maconochie, timing is a big part of photography. But in the case for this month’s assignment for “Tiny Houses, Big Dreams,” “it wasn’t about catching the perfect moment or being there for the sweet light,” he says. “No, in this case the timing was ironic since I had been binge watching tiny-house shows. My kids and I can’t get enough of it, and my wife thought I was joking when I told her I was shooting a tiny house for Hour.” He adds the “alternative lifestyle captivates me, and living in a tiny house can have a big impact on people’s lives, whether it’s financial freedom from a big mortgage, or having less of an impact on the environment. It’s not for everyone, but it shows a cultural shift in how some people feel about their place on this planet.”
Steve Neavling was a reporter for various newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, from 2001-12. He launched an independent investigative blog, Motor City Muckraker, in the summer of 2012 to examine public services and government officials in Detroit. In this issue, he writes about being “Motorless in the Motor City”. It was the perfect story to give him. Without money from a newspaper gig, Neavling relied on a bike for transportation for 13 months beginning in late 2013.
Jenny Risher is an editorial and commercial photographer, specializing in lifestyle, portraits, and fashion. She is also the author of Heart Soul Detroit, published by Momentum Books. For this month’s fashion feature, the longtime Hour Detroit contributor wanted to pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock films. “Our goal was to have each image feel like a mystery is about to take place. Photographed as film stills, the viewer is to feel uneasy through a series of unresolved images.” Her love of Hitchcock began at Parsons School of Design in New York. “As exchange students, we didn’t have cable (or Internet), but we had a VCR and the entire collection of Alfred Hitchcock films. The films were always on — just playing in the background in our dorm.”