After spending more than 24 years at the Baltimore Sun taking pictures with expensive professional cameras to cover assignments, I was in no hurry to use my iPhone as a camera unless I had to. I was asked to consider doing more with my images on social media, so I dusted off the Instagram account I set up over a year ago and started looking at other Instagrammers’ work. Each click sent me to another corner of the world as I viewed amazing images being taken with iPhones. The creativity I saw was truly spectacular. I was inspired and now on a mission to see what I could do with mine. I have been posting images for the last six weeks and will continue to share my views of Baltimore. More of my images can be found @lloyd1fox on Instagram.
The 2014/15 winter high school varsity sports season recently came to a close. The Darkroom turns back the clock to take a look at some of the best pictures taken by the Baltimore Sun Media Group during the term. These images not only show the intense competitive nature of the athletes, but also the creative approaches taken by the various photographers in documenting these events.
On February 2nd, the famous weather prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and proclaimed six more weeks of winter. Little did we know how bitter cold and snowy it would be. According to a Baltimore Sun article, February 2015 was the second coldest on record with an average temperature of 25.3 degrees, the coldest since 1934. Though we haven’t seen record snow falls, what we have seen along with the cold temperatures have lead to hard winter for the greater Baltimore region. The most recent snowfall left six to 10 inches through out the area. Creating work and nuisance for some, and a reason to get out and play for others. In addition, it also created beautiful scenic landscapes. Here are some of the best photos from that storm.
2015 Chinese New Years celebrates the Year of the Sheep. This past Sunday the Johns Hopkins University Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe paid tribute to the event at the Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon. They donned paper maché Southern style lion heads and thrilled their audience as they juked and jumped and brought the costumes to life as they danced to warn off bad spirits. There were several dance demonstrations from the Baltimore Chinese School from the cultural dance group and the school’s ballet class.
Bursts of colors explode from Gyleen Fitzgerald’s quilts as she unfurls them one after the other, revealing splashes of vibrant reds, blues, greens, yellows and purples. Each quilt displays a different design, each as beautiful as the next. At twenty-three, Gyleen Fitzgerald took up quilting for one reason: she was bored. Having just moved to Joppatowne from Philadelphia with no local family or friends, she signed up for a quilting class. Thirty-three years and hundreds of quilts later, she no longer has time to be bored.
Just miles below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is a photographer’s playground. My husband, Anthony, and I got to experience the natural wonders of this Nordic island nation recently. We started our trek renting a SUV and driving to the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland known for it’s dramatic landscapes. The ocean abuts tall mountain ranges that block the low winter sun, casting drastic shadows across the landscape.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who was born and raised in the Baltimore area, recently completed a stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From May to November 2014, he literally had a window on the world as the space station circled in low orbit around Earth.
Now Wiseman is back visiting several locations in the region, including the Maryland Science Center, where he is displaying some of his amazing videos and pictures that he took during his stay on board the ISS.
Zookeepers at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore provide animal enrichment everyday to keep them stimulated and doing things that come naturally. On special days, the animals and visitors get an added treat made possible by the zoo’s Enrichment Team. The team was formed in January 2006. The volunteers assemble once a month to make colorful paper maché animals, balloons and other containers that will be filled with meat or produce and given to the animals on “Enrichment Days.”