Our Steel City

Our Steel City is a photo essay exploring the still of the night in Birmingham, Alabama, combined with words from past and present residents and passers-by of this city.

Exodus2-1Exodus-3“Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Anyone who lives inside the US can never be considered an outsider anywhere in the country.”

“Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham JailĀ 

Exodus-4 Exodus2-2“The music scene here is small enough for great acts to stand out but big enough to offer the support growing musicians need to find their audience and their sound.”

Ben Griner, member of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, about Birmingham

Exodus-7 Exodus-8“There is a contagious atmosphere, not just of acceptance, but of appreciate for creative variety.”

Jonathan Haefs, pastor of Shades Valley Community Church, about Birmingham

Exodus-11Exodus2-7“The quality I most appreciate [about Birmingham] is the overwhelming kindness of the people in this area… Even casual conversations in grocery store aisles are works of relationship artistry. We’re blessed to live here.”

Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, president of Samford University