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Training to fight fire in Howard County

Training to fight fire in Howard County

18 photos, 1 video

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.

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Patrick Smith on WHNPA recognition, photo assignments and Pickles

Patrick Smith on WHNPA recognition, photo assignments and Pickles

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“Cliche sounding Iā€™m sure, but life is one big assignment. All I ask for is to be healthy and have a new photographic challenge every day.” ā€” 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.

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Inside the abandoned Henryton State Hospital

Inside the abandoned Henryton State Hospital

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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.

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A “Masked Mystery” at the Maryland Historical Society uncovered by blog readers

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The Maryland Historical Society launched a blog this past September called underbelly. With its vast collection of photographs, maps, recordings and other historical documents, the blog culls through and explores important, and often forgotten items from Maryland’s rich history. Occasionally, as its name suggests, the blog discusses less-than-flattering past events, which continue to reverberate with Marylanders of today. One such entry recently got our attention entitled “Masked Mystery.” In the article, the author introduces a sinister-looking photograph from their archives that has perplexed them for some time.

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