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BronyCon 2013 photo booth: The many faces of ‘My Little Pony’ fans

BronyCon 2013 photo booth: The many faces of ‘My Little Pony’ fans

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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.

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Baltimore United Viewfinders, part 1

Baltimore United Viewfinders, part 1

12 photos, 3 videos

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]

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So long, Baltimore! Your charm was not lost on @nicktann

So long, Baltimore! Your charm was not lost on @nicktann

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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!

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Catonsville moms ‘Row Like A Mother’ at Charm City Sprints

Catonsville moms ‘Row Like A Mother’ at Charm City Sprints

19 photos, 1 video

For four years in high school, and a brief stint in college (until I got tired of being tired all the time), I was a rower. I spent three months every fall and another three every spring on the water, but never gave much thought to how majestic the sport can be when photographed.

The president of the Baltimore Rowing Club, Jeff Ditter, let me hitch a ride in the motor boat – often called a launch – on Friday, June 28, the day before the Row Like A Mother crew raced in the Charm City Sprints.

From there, I was able to shoot the team’s warm-ups, race starts, technique drills and an odd moment involving crab traps slung over the side of a bridge. At the Sprints the next day, I arrived to the race site at Middle Branch Park just as the team began to show up. The women – seven from Catonsville, two from Baltimore and all nine mothers – raced another women’s novice eight from Capital Rowing Club.

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Hidden Maryland: Domino Sugars sign

Hidden Maryland: Domino Sugars sign

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The first in our series taking readers behind the scenes of Maryland places features Baltimore’s iconic Domino Sugars sign. Watch the sun set over Baltimore in a time lapse video, view the sign from angles only the birds — and a select few people — can see, and take in the city, for the first time, from one of its most famous backdrops.

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