In the third installment of the series on Baltimore United Viewfinders, a group of teenagers from the Middle East neighborhood in Baltimore learning photography and art, we hear from Quinshay, Damien and program instructor Edgar.
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Baltimore United Viewfinders is a youth leadership initiative where participants use multimedia arts to explore their definition of self and place, encourage community action and exchange visual and verbal dialogue.
What they don’t say on their website is that they’re a group of teenagers that use art and photography to document their lives in East Baltimore.
In recent years, the area known as Middle East in Baltimore – just east of Johns Hopkins Medical Center – has been in conversations of urban decay, housing abandonment and conflicts between residents and Hopkins.
But if you look at the groups’ published photo book, ‘Eastside Stories,’ you see a different Middle East. [Read more below]
I can’t speak for all photographers, but taking photos of a raging fire has a firm position on my “photos I’d love to take” bucket list.
The caveat being that no one gets hurt.
Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph and shoot video of the Howard County Fire Department’s controlled demolition burn in Ellicott City, Md. Trainees worked with instructors to control and observe how fires travel through a home. It was interesting to see how the trainees worked together and kept their cool through an extremely hot situation. I’m not quite sure how they manage to move so quickly in their heavy clothes and heavier gear (and here I thought my tripod was heavy!).
Photographing the trainees and burning homes was a memorable experience and while they were practicing their skills, I was too… Just in case I ever do get that bucket list photo.
More than 300 volunteers came to Winters Mill High School on Wednesday, April 25 for the annual Special Olympics Carroll County Spring Games. The event culminated a year of training for the athletes, who represented nearly every school in the county, and were warmly greeted by hundreds of spectators as they walked around the Winters Mill track during the opening ceremony.