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.
Middle East Baltimore
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]