DETROIT (WWJ) – One man is trying to change the public’s negative opinion of Detroit, one photo at a time.

WWJ’s Stephanie Davis caught up with local photographer Shawn Lee, who runs the “I See Detroit” photographic bus tour of the Motor City.

“We want to show the light and the fire in Detroit, and that’s all we want to do. It’s a bus tour, it’s going to be fun, there’s going to be hype, we’re going to have t-shirts, you know. There are people coming from all over the state of Michigan who have never been to Detroit before and it is my intent to show them the great side of Detroit,” he said.

Lee said he had the idea of a bus tour a few years ago, but he had to start out small.

“I decided that I wanted to see the positive stuff in my city, so, because I’m a photographer, I started taking pictures. Then, we started a walking tour and that went on for two years and that was successful. So now this year, we’re doing a bus tour, where we can venture out into the city and take pictures of some of the landmarks and not only that, but go in the community,” he said.

Lee said tourists will see downtown development areas, thriving communities and some infamous landmarks.

“What we’re definitely going to the Heidelberg Project. It’s a photographically stunning piece that we can photograph, as well as all the history behind it. We’re also be going to Mexican Village, we’ll photograph the old Michigan train station, which will be very cool, and we’re also going to come to the Brightmoor district,” he said.

The next bus tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 and costs $35 per person. For more information or to register, visit or call 248-764-0600.


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