For the past four years I have been working on a Kickstarter funded project titled: Baltimore: A History, Block by Block. There are ten main streets in Baltimore that I am photographing: Howard Street, Eutaw Street, Baltimore Street, Lexington Street, Fayette Street, East Monument Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Greenmount Avenue, North Avenue, and Broadway. Using a 4x5 view camera and fujichrome velvia slide film, I photograph these streets, building by building, block by block. I find that a combination of good light and the saturated color of the slide film I’m using creates a glimpse of what these buildings once were and could be. My photography is meant to leave you not only with a sense of the condition of our city, but also a feeling of urgency to see that they are improved and preserved and that the rich history behind the architecture and the community is not lost, but rather embraced.
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In the spirit of all the Star-Spangled celebrations happening in Baltimore this weekend, I thought I’d share a bit of family history related to the War of 1812 and the pride Baltimore takes in that history. The article is about my great-great grandfather on my grandmother’s side and the roster lists his and my grandfather’s titles/duties for the flag raising ceremony. The ony photo I was able to find of my great-great grandfather’s cigar shop. (Article courtesy of the Baltimore Sun; Photograph courtesy of the collection of Jacques Kelly)
Re-shot this gem this morning. Wasn’t happy with the shot I got in 2013. Also finished the southside of the 1400, 1600, and half of the 1700 blocks of West Baltimore Street. #bmoreblockbyblock #bmore #baltimore #baltimorestreet #westbaltimore #sowebo #architecture #4x5 #film #summer #august #2014 #sunday #early