As a photographer, Dennis Drenner has traveled the world. But as a focus for this series, we went right to his backyard, where he frequently sets up a photo studio in the alley behind his Hampden home. When pedestrians cross through the alley, he asks if they’d like a free portrait; many say yes.
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Sidney Jackson, who uses the artist name of SidJacks, enjoys many types of photography, but particularly architecture and long exposure work.
John Petro has been photograhing the Baltimore area for nearly 40 years, but after the April unrest, he took to the neighborhoods to do environmental portraits of city residents — most of them captured on the stoops in front of their homes.
Brian George is one of the lucky ones. He’s been able to combine his two favorite things — dogs and photography — and fold them into a career. As an employee at BARCS, George trains and photographs the dogs, and in his spare time, roams Baltimore as a street photographer.
Omar Swanson doesn’t have a particular style in his photography, but is frequently drawn to subjects where he can convey some emotion in the image. Patterson Park is one of his favorite place to shoot because of its diversity. The latest subject on our series, Baltimore Street Photographer.
Jason Anzulis will photograph just about anything, but if the colored specks on his camera tell a story, it’s that graffiti artists are his favorite subject. Anzulis will frequently accompany these artists, or “writers,” as they make their mark on train cars, bridges and wherever else they can set up shop for a couple of hours.
An admitted homebody, Hassan Alba began using photography as a way to get himself out of the house, explore and have real experiences. Then, he started Homeless Humans of Baltimore, with feeds on Instagram and Facebook, that feature photos and stories told by homeless people he’s encountered in his travels.
Geoff Lawrence came about his love for photography later in life, and “with earnest.” As a former 2D artist, photography — and his elaborate post-production process — helps him to create images the way he never could with paint. A recovering addict, Lawrence says photography keeps him positive and engaged.