Given the speed of horse racing, moments at Preakness are often gone in a flash. Using rapid-fire still photography, we try to capture the pace of Baltimore’s most famous horse race — from the concert-goers bobbing to the beat in the infield to the blazing-fast horses that are gone in a second.
On a clear breezy evening at Turf Valley, 21 hot air balloon crews unpacked their equipment in preparation for the annual Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. They attached envelopes – a bag capable of holding heated air – to the baskets and turned on fans before firing up the burners to get the colorful event underway. The festivities provided a close up look at the towering aircraft.
The Darkroom recently tagged along on a Sun Magazine fashion shoot at Pimlico inspired by the spirit of the upcoming Preakness Stakes.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama delivered the Sadat Lecture for Peace at the University of Maryland in College Park on Tuesday.
For the 15th year, human-powered machines embarked on a 14-mile journey through the streets of Baltimore as part of the American Visionary Art Museum’s annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. Participants design and construct vehicular sculptures capable of crossing sand, mud and water.
Equipped with a GoPro cam, Sun photojournalist Karl Merton Ferron offers this unconventional perspective from the 117th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup.
I can’t speak for all photographers, but taking photos of a raging fire has a firm position on my “photos I’d love to take” bucket list.
The caveat being that no one gets hurt.
Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph and shoot video of the Howard County Fire Department’s controlled demolition burn in Ellicott City, Md. Trainees worked with instructors to control and observe how fires travel through a home. It was interesting to see how the trainees worked together and kept their cool through an extremely hot situation. I’m not quite sure how they manage to move so quickly in their heavy clothes and heavier gear (and here I thought my tripod was heavy!).
Photographing the trainees and burning homes was a memorable experience and while they were practicing their skills, I was too… Just in case I ever do get that bucket list photo.
“Cliche sounding I’m sure, but life is one big assignment. All I ask for is to be healthy and have a new photographic challenge every day.” — Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith is a freelance photojournalist based in Baltimore, Md. whose work has been distributed and published by Getty Images, Reuters, New York Times, and The Baltimore Sun, to just name a few of the publications where you might have seen his name. Recognized as the Still Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) in their 2013 Eyes of History competition, The Darkroom caught up with the Baltimore native, who dished on photographing the Penn State scandal, gear setup on shoots and his Pickles Pup photo series.
For years, the old Henryton State Hospital has sat abandoned in rural southeastern Carroll County as officials decide what to do next with the decaying psychiatric facility. Closed since 1985, there have been 70 fires over the past decade, as the complex like others, falls victim to vandalism and deterioration. Long fascinated by urban explorers, take a look inside the Henryton State Hospital.