As a street photographer, Robert Jackson has captured people on the streets of Baltimore. When in the army, over two tours, he captured people all around the world — from Paris to Kosovo to Iraq. And even though Baltimore is much different than Kuwait, Jackson noticed similarities among those who are struggling to get by.
Theresa Keil and Larry Cohen are the first duo featured in the Baltimore Street Photographer series, and the first couple. The pair, who form TLC Baltimore, an event photography team, spend much of their free time pursuing street photography in its purest form.
(Note: The shoot with Larry and Theresa was unique to the series in that they preferred not to do a stand-up interview. Instead, they were separately mic’d and spoke about their work as they walked through the streets of the neighborhood known simply as Downtown. To pay homage to the natural style in which they shoot, this video, too, is completely raw — no color correction, stabilization or lighting adjustments were made to the footage.)
Baltimore street photographer and Bel Air native David Kraus has is fascinated by Baltimore architecture and history, particularly the tradition of the arabber street merchants. He says it’s important to document these people, among other things, that offer a connection to Baltimore’s past.
Jamie Anerobi is relatively new to Baltimore, having recently come here from London. He has a degree in psychology, which informs his approach to street photography — that is, to embed himself in the communities that he wants to document so that the images are as authentic as possible. And, he says, the British accent always draws curiosity from subjects — many of whom have never heard it before.
Baltimore street photographer Mike McCoy is a smooth operator when finding subjects to photograph. His portraits, often in black and white, are a way of documenting city life for future generations, he says. On a recent Friday afternoon, McCoy took a stroll up North Avenue, where it was hard to find a subject who would turn him down.
Greg Ketterman, of 1304 Photos, has been capturing and coloring Baltimore for a few years now, focusing on landscapes, people and urban exploration. His editing with HDR, filters and color makes the post-production process into an art form of its own.
Kevin Moore has been shooting in Baltimore for 25 years, and has a range of work that spans nearly every genre. From urban decay, to traditional street photography, to rural and Amish subjects, to sports, Moore is fascinated by the scenes and lifestyles that are unfamiliar to him. He is also recognized among several other Baltimore photographers for his mastery of the technical aspects of photography, and a brief look through his work below demonstrates why.
Harry Bosk works in Hampden, so it’s pretty convenient that it’s his favorite place to pursue subjects for street photos. He’s not trying to do ‘Humans of Hampden,’ he’ll tell you, but his work is reminiscent of the popular New York City photo blog. And Bosk frequently will engage with his subjects before taking their photo — a tactic that informs how he will capture that person (or people). Bosk is the latest subject of our series, Baltimore Street Photographer.
Photographing people doesn’t interest Pat Gavin as much as photographing places where people used to work and live. Gavin is an urban explorer in Baltimore, and an avid documentarian of his finds. Among the sites he’s studied in Baltimore: Lebow Brothers Clothing Company, American Ice Company, Cutty’s gym from The Wire, Sparrows Point Steel Mill, Eastern High School, Montebello Rehab Hospital and many more. He’s the latest subject of the series, Baltimore Street Photographer.
Sequences are considered by many to be the building blocks of video storytelling. If ‘sequence’ is a new term to you in this context, it’s defined as showing a process from start to finish through a series of images, or video clips. Building a good sequence requires that you understand the process that you’re filming, that you get a variety of shots (wide, medium, tight, different angles, etc.) and that you can move to quickly set up your next shot.
I recently filmed a sequence of Venezuelan arepas being made at Alma Cocina Latina in Canton, and through the screenshots below, you’ll see how it was done.