“I love my city, ask about me and I bet they know me.”
In 1816, Baltimore became the first city in the United States to install gas street lamps, which allowed Baltimoreans to go about their business past nightfall. In 2016, Light City Baltimore is celebrating Baltimore’s legacy of light with installations and activities throughout the city. We’re opening the Sun’s archives to take a look back at the gas lamps of history — the last were lit in 1957.
“In a sense it looks way crazier when you look at the pictures,” says Baltimore-based activist and musician Ryan Harvey, who traveled to Lesvos, Greece, on a mission to help refugees there last month. “But when you’re actually there, they’re just people.” For Harvey, who works as a construction worker in Baltimore when he’s not on tour playing music, four weeks spent on the Greek island working with the grassroots NGO CK Team was about making a human connection with refugees and gaining firsthand knowledge of war’s impact. Listen to him talk about his trip in-person at Red Emma’s, Thursday, March 24.
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.