The Preakness Stakes is a horse race steeped in history. Having first been run in 1873, the thoroughbred race is the middle jewel in the run for the Triple Crown. One of the little known traditions during Preakness week at Pimlico is the bath that each horse gets after their early morning workouts. Like most three year olds the horses don’t seem to be thrilled with the mandatory scrub down, but reluctantly suffer through them.
In a recurring series, The Darkroom takes a look back at some of the talented photojournalists who have helped enrich the pages of The Baltimore Sun. One such photographer was Lloyd Pearson.
David Johnston had been overweight his entire life, and then 11 years ago at age 24, he started bodybuilding. His wife Nikki was a college volleyball player, and although she has been working out since age 14, she started bodybuilding at age 28. Now both are amateur bodybuilders, preparing up to six months for competitions.
In 2002, the stark signs erected around town by Baltimore’s “Believe” campaign intrigued photographer Amy Davis. “I wondered what impact, if any, they would have on people in those communities,” she says. Using an old-fashioned camera set up on a tripod, she invited passers-by to discuss their lives and beliefs.
“It all started when there were pagan gods and the rite-of-spring,” Halyna Mudryj explained in her introduction of pysanky -decorated Ukrainian eggs- to her classes this spring at the Creative Alliance. Although now associated with Easter, 2000 years ago, pysanky were decorated as offerings to pagan gods, especially the sun god, Dazhboh, considered the giver of life. Used as talismans for bringing good fortune and keeping evil at bay, eggs were also symbols of life and rebirth, says Mudryj (pronounced “muud-ree”). As the Ukraine region became Christianized in 988 A.D., pagan pictures of nature such as animals, water and the sun took on new meaning and made room for crosses and other Christian symbols on the eggs. For example waves, which formerly represented the god of water, now represented “Christ walking on water,” she says.
A pretty pattern, but what is it, you say? Here are a number of abstractions made by Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine, filed on April 17, 1955. See if you can name the locations in the comments below.
A sure sign of springtime in Washington D.C. is when the cherry blossom trees come into full bloom along the Tidal Basin.
A sea of pink stretches from national monument to national monument. The 3,000 cherry trees were a gift from Japan in 1912 as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.
Now each year the blooming of the trees is marked with a Cherry Blossom Festival. The celebration grew from humble beginnings to a great spring festival drawing thousands of visitors from around the world.
Photographing pets can be delightful, and I treat any creature as if a human subject. This means working to make natural photographs that are intimate with emotional impact. It does not serve anyone’s interest to make pet photographs without any graphic quality or visual depth, that look more like social media snapshots, or are just “cute.” Cute does not equate quality.
Thirty years ago on a fateful snowy night in March of 1984, a Mayflower moving van was photographed pulling away from the Baltimore Colts training facility in Owings Mills. The van was transporting the Colts NFL franchise to Indianapolis and leaving Baltimore without a professional football team.
With the winter high school 2013-14 sports season wrapping up this weekend, The Darkroom is taking a look back at some of the best photographs from the season. These images demonstrate the fierce competitive nature of these young athletes as they battle it out in basketball, track and wrestling.