A couple on their way to a wedding reception in downtown Detroit. The city was the birthplace of the American middle class. With manufacturers such as Henry Ford and William Durant, Detroit experienced wealth, high workers salaries, a cultural blossom and an economic boom like no other US city. Yet over the last 50 years more than a million people have left the city. Hard.Land is a journey through rust belt and blue collar America to meet the people struggling to keep the 'American Dream' alive: middle class people, the unemployed, the new poor, the workers on low or minimum wages and those who have had their benefits cut. Photographer Espen Rasmussen and journalist Roy Freddy Andersen travelled from Chicago to Detroit and on to Youngstown (OH), Beckley (WV), Williamsport (PA), ending their trip in New York. Their journey focuses on regular people and the consequences of globalisation, mechanisation and the growing gap between rich and poor in the US. The decline of many industries such as car building in Detroit and mining in West Virginia have brought about a shift for millions of workers into low paid service jobs which is changing the social fabric of many parts of the US.