In the weeks following the arrest and death last year of Freddie Gray, who sustained fatal injuries while in police custody, Devin Allen followed the action.
The self-described amateur photographer wasn’t being paid, and didn’t really know what he was doing — but, armed with his camera, he hoped to bring an understanding of Baltimore to a larger audience.
“I wanted to make sure to be able to help take that narrative and show a different side that I knew the media most likely wasn’t gonna show, which was the love and power my city had,” Allen, 27, recalled.
“I think the death of Freddie Gray, it’s sad that that young man had to pass, but his death woke a lot of people up,” Allen said. “I think the uprising is one of the best things that could have happened to Baltimore, because there’s issues we can’t sweep under the rug.”
One year later, Allen remembers the strength and resilience of West Baltimore’s citizens.
“Everything that happened, they still had positive energy. They had a lot of positive morale — they didn’t stop,” Allen said. “A lot of things were born beautiful out of that struggle that kind of inspired me.”
Allen does not title or caption his work, because he wants viewers to think freely about the images. Take a look back at the unrest, through Allen’s eyes.
All photos courtesy of Devin Allen