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.
Dawn and John Strumsky are “living large” at Charlestown. Dawn, the “wacky weather girl” for the Catonsville retirement community’s in-house TV station, and John, an ex-Marine and avid runner, appear to be the perfect match. But the couple’s first encounter, 45 years ago, wasn’t love at first sight – at least for her.
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.
This week the New York Public Library began offering high-resolution downloads of the more than 187,000 items from its Digital Collections that are in the public domain. They include thousands of stereographs donated by collector Robert N. Dennis, including a few hundred taken in Maryland, a sampling of which can be seen in the slideshow below.
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.
When Wes White was out of work and struggling to get by, he was asked to help photograph a friend’s wedding. The iPhone-only street photographer’s hobby inspired him to get a job and get back on his feet. Now he frequently travels around Baltimore to document its people and architecture.