In the third installment of the series on Baltimore United Viewfinders, a group of teenagers from the Middle East neighborhood in Baltimore learning photography and art, we hear from Quinshay, Damien and program instructor Edgar.
With thousands of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” fans flocking to Baltimore for the annual BronyCon convention, Baltimore Sun photographer and videographer Christopher T. Assaf wanted to look at the individual convention-goers.
To capture the true “brony” spirit, Assaf set up a black backdrop and took portraits of costumed “My Little Pony” fans using the Hipstamatic app on his iPhone. He also asked the subjects of these photos why they came to BronyCon and why they chose their various costumes.
Baltimore United Viewfinders is a youth leadership initiative where participants use multimedia arts to explore their definition of self and place, encourage community action and exchange visual and verbal dialogue.
What they don’t say on their website is that they’re a group of teenagers that use art and photography to document their lives in East Baltimore.
In recent years, the area known as Middle East in Baltimore – just east of Johns Hopkins Medical Center – has been in conversations of urban decay, housing abandonment and conflicts between residents and Hopkins.
But if you look at the groups’ published photo book, ‘Eastside Stories,’ you see a different Middle East. [Read more below]
Candy is a family affair for Paul Wockenfuss, owner and president of Wockenfuss Candies. Over a dozen of his family members are employed making chocolate confections and selling candy in eight stores in Maryland. It’s been Paul’s family’s livelihood for almost 100 years and five generations. In 1915, Wockenfuss’ grandfather Herman Charles opened the first store under the name “Wockenfuss Candy Company.”
Sun videographer Kevin Richardson takes us behind the scenes at the new Blacktip exhibit at the National Aquarium.
The time has come to bid a fond farewell to my friends and colleagues at The Sun, to the readers of The Darkroom and to “The Greatest City in America.” And with only a year and a half of Charm City living under my belt, I’m amazed at how many quirky photos I uploaded to Instagram and Twitter.
Thanks for the memories, Baltimore, and stay quirky!
On August 28, 1963, 11-month-old Sharon Langley made history, becoming the first African-American child to ride the merry-go-round at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. But it took years for the park to be desegregated after countless protests.