The United States of America is a young society – its cities occupying a very brief blip on the timeline of Western Civilization. As such, the United States lack the ruins of other, far older cultures – hallmarks of history marking the rise and fall of societies. However, various parts of Detroit have been abandoned and left to crumble and decay. The Mid-West of America now has access to its very own Picturesque aesthetic based on urban decay – buildings left to ruin, their walls crumbling and irregular, but ultimately balanced by occassional sparks of beauty. Here, a tree grows amidst books in a spot of sun at an abandoned book depository in Detroit.