Every year for the past 26 years the Wayne County parks department combines two hundred tons of topsoil and twenty thousand gallons of water and calls it “Mud Day”. The event draws people of all ages and backgrounds. Dirty Pictures documents the event over the past 4 years.
Ralph Jones has been experimenting with the photographic process since the age of 10. For the last few years he has been documenting the City of Detroit in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people. As a result of this documentation he has set about developing a second career as a photographer, editor, publisher, exhibiting artist and educator. “Ralph Jones, a fav of mine – - sees Detroit through a very compassionate, humane, non-judgemental filter (his heart) that when viewed through his lens, provides us with an important view of Detroit (his hope). He is an ambassador for Detroit through his photography. If politics didn’t require corruption, he’d be Detroit’s man.” Dinah Hemenway Oude-Reimerink