Perspective: Baltimore/Amandy

Last spring, I took my absolute first stab at photography with Humans of Hampden, a piece I based on Humans of New York, a significantly more popular, well-known, and more talented artistic collection.

I borrowed Sierra’s old camera and literally just hit buttons and turned wheels until the camera worked to take photos. Somehow, I got a few I found worthy of a blog and with the powerful captions people gave me, I had something I was proud of.

Last weekend, I, on the total fly, joined a photography class, thanks to Shar and to a great guy I can’t help calling “Mr. Kyle.” Mr. Kyle (only in his mid-30s) does projects at Lillie May and a slew of amazing things in Baltimore. He’s just one of those people. And Shar and I (and lots of Baltimoreans) are both so grateful to know him.

In Mr. Kyle’s Perspective: Baltimore Adult Photography Class, I took the following, around Mt. Vernon, The Bromo District, Westside-ish, Lexington Market, and other micro-neighborhoods in Baltimore.

 

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Sun-bathing elephant.

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Skill. (Love taps, not pictured.)

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Lutheran air quotes.

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Birth-year.

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Moon.

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Two feet on the ground. Twice.

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Moon, too.

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From where I’m sittin’.

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Floral snack.

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Stacey is a whole snack.

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Teacher.

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Dad.

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“Little Buddy.” A tea cup, long chair Chihuahua (yes, I had to look up how to spell Chihuahua).

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The forgotten in focus.

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Loitering reflection.

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Study.

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Soaring liquor bag litter.

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Through the spikes.

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My Sister’s Garden.

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Gutter Poet.

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Beauty.

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Hope.

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Swirl.

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Steadfast.

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Y.

AAmandaandKyle

Convex Amanda and Kyle.

Aambition

Ambition doesn’t stop. Oh wait…

AAmericanDarling

Raised. Zoom.

AAmericanDarlingOut

THE American Darling.

AATA

A T A

Aatreegrows

Lose ya head.

ABelieve

Blurry belief.

ABrian

Flyin’ Brian.

ABrokenHeart

Unwhole.

ACivilianHeadFormwithEgg

Civilian Headform. Egg.

ADali

Modern real-life Dali.

ADivide

Division.

ADontFixTheSidewalkPaintIt

Repairs needed.

AEyes

Eyes.

Afacade

Facade.

AFallenSoldiers

Unwanted progress.

AFriends

Friendship reflected.

AGold

Mislabeled.

Ahairshop

Hair and hood.

AHeadless

Someone cared for this once.

AHeadless2

Don’t lose ya head, two.

AHeyBaltimore

Hey Baltimore!

AHighVoltage

(caption included)

AHome

Baltimore is HOME.

AHowCanWeFocus

Can you?

AHowtheMightyHaveFallen

Lore and yore.

ALeglessPatioChair

Yard recliner.

Alet'sbuildafence

Invest in the fence. Forget the yard.

AModernRuins

Modern ruins.

ANotaCar

Alternative bumper.

ANuts

Nuts. Since 1896.

Apants

Pantsed.

Apapertorso

Torso.

Aphotogs

Photogs.

APloy

Who named this street?

Aprofile

Profile.

APushorPull

Push or pull?

ARelic

Museum piece.

ASharProfile

Love.

ASmash

“[…]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” -Jack Kerouac

Atherewasastage

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” – William Shakespeare

Atheroadtothemonument

Stay in your

Atops

Hats.

ATouchDown

Glory-free touchdown.

AUnholyCross

Unholy cross.

AVodkaPlant

Vodka plant.

AVrksasana

Vrksasana (tree pose).

AXandYs

Intersections.

Ayouareachild2

“You are a child of the universe, 
no less than the trees and the stars; 
you have a right to be here. 
And whether or not it is clear to you, 
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” – Max Ehrmann

AYouAreOkay

YOU ARE okay.

Reflection

Pre-splash.

 

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