Photographing Corktown’s Honor & Folly provided inspiration and a tinge of envy for Codish. “This place makes it hard to go home,” she says. “Everything looks like it effortlessly belongs, and has me dreaming of this location for future shoots. If chef Jamie Oliver were to call me to photograph his cookbook, this would be the spot. Then I could nap in one of the beautiful bedrooms after tasting — I mean, photographing — butter-laden dishes.” Codish, whose photographs of the Laguna Pueblo tribes were recently displayed at the Smithsonian NMAI and the National Geographic museums, enjoys the opportunities her career affords. From living on a New Mexico reservation to documenting Berlin architecture or revealing the process of a meal, “It’s the details that inspire,” she says. A frequent traveler, she’s just as happy in her Detroit home photographing the adorable ways her bulldog, Johnny Cash Money, snoozes.
When McFarlin, a longtime Hour Detroit contributor, was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2008, he knew a kidney transplant would be his best treatment option. He also figured his odds of receiving one were astronomical. “As a journalist, my first response was to do lots of research,” he says, “and I learned thousands of patients die every year waiting for a matching kidney that never comes.” However, fate smiled on McFarlin, who tells his transplant saga here. In the process, he has become an advocate for kidney patients and organ donation. His blog, “JK — Just Kidneying,” public-speaking engagements, and work as contributing editor for the Baxter Corporation’s “Live Now” website led to his winning the Renal Network’s 2011 Robert Felter Memorial Award for public service.
After attending Cranbrook Kingswood school in Bloomfield Hills and Indiana University, Potts moved to Chicago and, most recently, San Francisco to work in creative services for such retail brands as Ralph Lauren and Levi Strauss, before returning home to Detroit. As a meandering aesthete in a family of attorneys, Potts was thrilled to learn that there was a profession that indulged “collecting and gathering things and arranging them to the point of obsession.” For this issue, she scoured antiques shops for cups, saucers, and teatime treasures to nestle in a natural, mossy setting. Potts has done styling for Detroit Home, Metro Detroit Bride, and Birmingham Magazine, and various commercial clients. This is her first photo shoot for Hour Detroit.