Amy Sacka



On photographing Belle Isle:

My series, Belle Isle, 2016, is a street homage to Detroit's in-city island.  I wanted to offer a timeless look at the people, moments and traditions that make Belle Isle one of Detroit's most revered destinations. One of my inspirations for this project was Philip Levine’s poem, Belle Isle, 1949, which offers a sense of nostalgia and carefree youthfulness that I too hope to convey in my photos:  

“We stripped in the first warm spring night
and ran down into the Detroit River
to baptize ourselves...”

St. Patrick's Senior Center

...in Midtown