Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Freddie Gray Protest Marchers Not Bothering Orioles Fans

From a Freddie Gray protester rally in front of Baltimore City Hall, which is eight city blocks northeast of the video's location, some of those protesters decided to march to Camden Yards to shut down an Orioles ballgame that was just then getting started. Those protest marchers did take over one side of Conway St. there and shut down vehicular traffic, but they did not not pay any attention to the many baseball fans who were walking on the sidewalks of Conway St..

This was shot out my front window. I was working at my computer there when they came walking by. And because there were so many other photographers (some very good, some practically worthless) all over the ongoing situation, I, at first, was staying out of it. By the time I had decided to get into it, because it was right there and I am one of the best, I only managed to video about half the marchers. When you view the videos on here that I shot of the police and protesters' standoff near Camden Yards, you will see that only a small percentage of the marchers got into that - somewhat violent, potentially more violent - action.

I rarely do work that is showing the news, and most always am creating honest, historical documents. That is how I worked on the Freddie Gray unrest in my hometown Baltimore.

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Ball Game's On With Freddie Gray Protesters Positioned By Cops April 25, 2015

The Orioles ball game was still on, with Freddie Gray Protesters strategically positioned by cops - on April 25, 2015 - despite the protesters declaring they would shut the game down. Ten minutes before I shot this video, hundreds of Freddie Gray protesters were marching along Conway St. there. They had shut down vehicular traffic, while they walked in the street, then the police had kept them out of Camden Yards and moved them up about a block away. You can see that those sidewalk vendors - who are there for every ball game time - had not been ransacked or robbed by the protesters. The people you see walking are going to the Orioles Game. This was on Saturday, it was the following Monday when the riotous ransacking, robbery and destruction of businesses happened - mostly 30 to 40 some city blocks northwest of there. 

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Freddie Gray Protesters Location Near Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Freddie Gray protesters standoff with police near Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland - on April 25, 2015.

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Baltimore City Mounted Police Move Up on Freddie Gray Demonstrators

Baltimore City Mounted Police move up on Freddie Gray  demonstrators, near Camden Yards, April 25, 2015.

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Dumb Drivers Making U Turns Near Freddie Gray Protesters April 25th

Dumb drivers making u turns near Freddie Gray Protesters on April 25, 2015. They just kept driving towards the protest expecting to drive through it or to just squeeze past it. A good way for a driver to instigate a riot all around and at the dumb driver.

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Photography by David Robert Crews 
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Freddie Chant by Protesters Near Camden Yards April 25th

Protesters chant "Freddie" near Camden Yards on April 25, 2015. 

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Photography by David Robert Crews 
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Arrested Walked Backwards at Freddy Gray Protest April 25th

They had said they were going to shut down the Orioles Game, but the riot police lines there blocked off Camden Yards and moved the protesters a block away up the street.

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Photography by David Robert Crews 
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Zoomed in on Freddy Gray Protesters Near Camden Yards April 25th

They had said they were going to shut down the Orioles Game, but the riot police lines there blocked off Camden Yards and moved the protesters up the street a block away. 

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Freddy Gray Protesters Near Camden Yards April 25th

They had said they were going to shut down the Orioles Game, but the riot police lines there blocked off Camden Yards and moved the protesters a block away up the street. 

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Photography by David Robert Crews 
 {a.k.a. ursusdave}

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Camden Yards Standoff Between Police and Freddie Gray Marchers

April 25, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, after Freddie Gray protest rally and march to Camden Yards during Orioles ballgame. Marchers had declared they would shut the ballgame down, but the police out maneuvered them. This video shows where the police had forced the marchers to an intersection one block away from Camden Yards. It also shows that there were no more than two protesters to every cop. Most of the marchers did not join in standing in front of the police lines.

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Baltimore Harbor Place Being Guarded on April 29, 2015

Baltimore Harbor Place being guarded, during the Freddie Gray unrest, on  April 29, 2015. National Guard and police - many of the police from outside of Baltimore - were on guard for about a week, which prevented more property damage and theft from happening in the Inner Harbor areas.

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Troops Go Inside Baltimore Hotel April 29, 2015

National Guard Troops going inside a Baltimore hotel, during the Freddie Gray unrest, on April 29, 2015. They were being given a good place to eat and rest, probably in a large conference room. All over Baltimore, businesses and other people gave comfort and words of thanks to the soldiers and police on guard duty by any means they could. 

I - a former U.S. Army Photographer - shot this video for every soldier in it to have as part of their own history. 

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Photography by David Robert Crews 
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Troops on Move in Baltimore April 28, 2015

National Guard Troops on the move in Baltimore, Maryland. It was during the Freddie Gray unrest, April 28, 2015, and on Pratt Street by the Inner Harbor.

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Edge of Freddie Gray Rally

View of the Fayette St. side of the May 2, 2015 National Freddie Gray Rally - in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Photography by David Robert Crews 
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Adolescent Tanerra Collins Speaks at Freddie Gray Rally

At the May 2, 2015 National Freddie Gray Rally, young, adolescent, Tanerra Collins, speaking so well talking hard truths, until stating "you brought us over here on those slave ships." 

No one alive had anything to do with those slave ships. As long as young blacks and other people believe that anyone alive today is responsible for what happened over 150-years-ago, massive suffering of social ills shall continue. 

Legal slavery in America was ended because a majority of white Americans opposed it. 

Everyone needs to accept the fact that there were plenty of white people held in legal slavery back then, too. If a person is the child of a black parent and a white parent, they are half white. Right?! Then that child grows up and has a child with a white person, that child is three-fourths white - quadroon. Making them more of a white person enslaved than a black person enslaved. Next in lineage were people one-eighth black & seven-eighths white - known as octoroons. Octoroon women were often used in brothels and as sex slaves in the homes of slave owners. Some states' laws said that anyone with any amount of African ancestry can be held as a slave. Which, according to my family's oral history, includes me - because it's been said, amongst several past generations, that we have an African ancestor. If I can ever afford to take a DNA Test, I'll find out. 

No one has a right to lay any of the blame or guilt for what happened to people over a century-and-a-half ago on anyone today. Many people who are only seen as white Americans today, may very well have direct ancestors who were slaves back then, and if slavery was still legal, many of us who are considered to be white people would be held in slavery, too.

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  Photography by David Robert Crews 
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Friday, May 8, 2015

F*** THE POLICE T-Shirts In Front of Police

Video of F*** THE POLICE t-shirts worn in front of police who were lined up between the the May 2, 2015 National Freddie Gray Rally and Baltimore City Hall. Those t-shirts, that ill-conceived, untrue, hateful way of insinuating that all cops do all kinds of wrong to everyone they deal with, is no way to help change things for the better. If those t-shirt individuals were just hurt in a car wreck and a cop was first on scene and was giving them First Aid (as cops do), I bet they wouldn't say "f*** the police." Police arrest a criminal who committed a crime against one of the t-shirt people's loved ones, what will they say? Probably not "f*** the police." 

I use the f word, but not in front of kids or any other people who it might sound bad to. I have heard that word used by kids and also (most shockingly) parents in front of their children, but it is offensive to many people, so I don't like it on t-shirts worn in public.

I did not use video software to make the f word unreadable on those t-shirts in the video because it did happen in public, and I want the world to have a clear record of what it was at that point in time in that spot in Baltimore, City and how the police and protesters stayed away from violence - even though they were on opposing sides of a terribly bad situation in Baltimore's history.

This video is also a fair representation of what it was like to be in the crowd.

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Malik Shabazz Speaks at Freddie Gray Rally

Malik Z. Shabazz speaking at the National Freddie Gray Rally, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, at War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall. He is the national president of Black Lawyers for Justice, and he organized the rally. I agree with what he says in the video, but I am not in line with all he says. My main purpose in creating this video is to present a historical document showing some of what the experience was being there and how we participants peacefully, powerfully interacted to create a human event that reveals good people are a strong & community minded majority in Baltimore.

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Photography by David Robert Crews 
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Harbor Place May 2, 2015 Saturday Afternoon After National Freddie Gray Rally in Baltimore

Harbor Place, May 2, 2015, Saturday afternoon after national Freddie Gray Rally in Baltimore. I left the rally before it went on a peaceful demonstration march north in the city, with Harbor Place being 5 or 6 blocks south of the rally at City Hall. At Harbor Place, I was relieved to see that, though the outside edge of it was still lined with national guard and police, some of the businesses were open and people were there enjoying the gorgeous May day. 

After a good job at photographing the rally, and feeling right about supporting the peaceful changes the other rally participants are also working towards, it was great to see that the previous week's violent riots had not kept everyone else from having a good day in Baltimore Inner Harbor. Which meant that other areas of town were also OK and not too scared or emotionally scarred to go out. 

This video shows you how nice it was that afternoon, as police (most from other jurisdictions) and Maryland National Guard kept the place safe while us civilians there had a nice time in Baltimore City. The cops and guard in their uniforms were having fairly nice times, too, but let me tell you, though you might already know (I know from pulling guard in the army and working security guard jobs), no matter how safe the situation is, the solid potential for trouble coming at you maintains concern, fear, tempering of fear into defensive power and thinking out your potential defensive actions as a steady flow right down the middle of you. Only a fool forgets that being there on guard duty means serious, violent, even deadly, foe may attack, and I saw no fools in uniform there. 

Some people think that nothing bad happening at the Inner Harbor while all those police and National Guard were on duty shows that they were not needed. Nothing bad happened while the Guard & cops were there because they were there. I have spent more of my life in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area than any other place on earth.  Five months ago, from Southeast Baltimore City, I moved in one block from the Harbor Place. Ever since the day Harbor Place opened, I've been going there to shop, to join in on great public events & holiday celebrations and/or to relax on a bench & converse with other visitors. Gotta nice photography portfolio of it. I am fully qualified to know & say that those troops of guard & cops were completely necessary.

I shall still be going over to the harbor a lot. Security will be enhanced, more effort & funding will be going into making all of Baltimore better, and - as you see in the video - people of all kinds still enjoy it and are relaxed and happy there too. 

This video was shot and edited as a historical document, and to show people today what it was like in the Inner Harbor as the heavy week wound down. It is also done to show those who don't know what the place is like what it is like. In particular, the families and friends of the National Guard troops and police support from other jurisdictions, who don't know what it is like, can see where the place of duty was that took the guard & police members away from home for awhile. Also, it was done for the armed Americans stationed there on guard to look back on in years to come. Ever since I was a U.S. Army photographer in 1969-71, I've loved producing photographic memories for armed forces personnel, and everyone.  

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Baltimore Inner Harbor Saturday May 2, 2015 After Protests of Freddie Gray's Death

Saturday May 2, 2015 in Baltimore Inner Harbor, during the week-long troubles, after Freddie Gray died in police custody. You'll see National Guard troops stroll by; you look left, up on the balcony to see more, and there were guard troops and police all through and around Harbor Place. This video was shot and edited as a historical document, and to show people today what it was like in the Inner Harbor as the heavy week wound down. It is also done to show those who don't know what the place is like what it is like. In particular, the families and friends of the National Guard troops and police support from other jurisdictions, who don't know what it is like, can see where the place of duty was that took the guard & police members away from home for awhile. Also, it was done for the armed Americans stationed there on guard to look back on in years to come. Ever since I was a U.S. Army photographer in 1969-71, I've loved producing photographic memories for armed forces personnel. And everyone.


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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

Air Nat'l Guard Leaving Baltimore's Harbor Place

Sunday, May 3, 2015, the Air National Guard is heading home after being called up to help protect Baltimore during the week-long troubles after Freddie Gray died in police custody. This video was shot and edited as a historical document, and to show people today what it was like in the Baltimore Inner Harbor as the heavy week wound down. It is also done to show those who don't know what the place is like what it is like. In particular, the families and friends of the National Guard troops, who don't know what it is like, can see where the place of duty was that took the guard members away from home for awhile. Also, it was done for the members of the guard there to look back on in years to come. I did my best to get the face of every member on the video. Ever since I was a U.S. Army photographer in 1969-71, I've loved producing photographic memories for armed forces personnel. And everyone. 

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Photography by David Robert Crews
{a.k.a. ursusdave}

My Other Blogs

The Way That I See It Is...---a blog about anything and everything I want to blog about. Lately, it's a lot about International Super Scammer John. D. Infantino, who is still out there adding to his millions of victims all over the world. In America, he specializes in putting the screws to American Military Veterans. But none of the many in our government and media whom I have made sure know what Infantino does will do anything about him.

Northern Maine Adventures Photo Album---this one began as a place to post and share my snowmobile photos from 1969, and tell how fantastic motorized sled riding was up there in those days. Then I realized, if I had been a kid from rural Western Maryland, who got his first rifle at 12-yrs-old and went deer hunting with it, lived and worked on a farm, that kind of guy would be expected to fit in well up in the woodsy country life of  Northern Maine. But I was from the suburbs of Baltimore and hung out downtown with other rebellious - avant garde - Mod Kids, going to Rolling Stones Shows, boppin' up and down crowded sidewalks of streets in popular shopping areas, and on real cool back streets and alleys too. Then I went to Maine - where they was way back years behind Baltimore in all things hip & happening in the groovy '60s, and I fit right in with them Mainer country folk. Maine was lots of hard work, lots learned, plenty of fun, good times with good people. It was quite the "boy comes of age" adventure.

Northern Maine Adventures (One Hell of An Experience)---this features parts of my whole Maine story that are not in my short stories, which are published on several web sites in Maine. It is a well composed, entertaining look into the life of a kid from suburban Dundalk, Maryland who moved up to Patten, Maine and fit right in with the country folks living there, and became a bear hunting guide and country girl's delight. You can have a real good, interesting time on the Internet while viewing the photos and reading the text and stories on this site. It does, though, deal with emotional abuse that I suffered because of the way that my aunt and uncle in Maine treated me. But the very fact that I have written it all out in such an informative yet entertaining way and have had various parts of the whole story published all over the World Wide Web and read by thousands of people is a great triumph for me.

30th Artillery Brigade Okinawa 1970-71---is about my time as a US Army photographer assigned to peaceful, but wild and crazy, Okinawa, during the Vietnam War. It starts off with a great set of photographs from back then, most were taken the day the Army donated baseball backstops to Okinawan Schools. Then it deals with a very crappy situation that I was forced to endure, which still affects me to this day. I was illegally assigned as brigade photographer for the 30th Arty Bgde, and the photo lab I worked in was totally, completely, militarily illegal and immoral. This was devastating to me. I have been struggling to prove all this for over three decades, and now I am in a running battle to prove the full facts of my story. This is about fighting for what is right. The fighting is getting way more intense and about to get very interesting. I am battling to have the record set straight.

An American GI On Okinawa 1970-71---this also deals with the crappy situation I suffered through on Okinawa, but it goes into the wild and crazy kinds of times that many of us lower ranking GIs shared over there back then. It also tells of the great friendships we formed amongst ourselves, our music listening pleasures, the way we lived in our barracks, the bar and red light districts, plus true stories about our asinine leaders and our good leaders too. And how we got along with the residents of a foreign land. Fortunately, I have a natural need to write about the good times as well as the bad, this will help you to understand all that my time on Okinawa means to me.

Blue Skies Over Dundalk Maryland---where I grew up and lived for other years. A thoroughly misunderstood place, which is the brunt of massive disrespectful misinformation and self-righteous humor by the Maryland media and a million other ignoramuses. It has wonderful photos and truthful text about the real Dundalk.

David R. Crews' Ramblings and Photos---this site features greet photos and text about areas in Eastern Baltimore City and County that I love. Dundalk is in Eastern Baltimore County, but it needs and deserves to have its own site built and maintained by me.

Duckin' and Divin' Techniques of a Recycle Ranger---a blog about gathering up previously owned, currently unwanted items that are still good. I tell you about some of my best and worst finds, how to be safe and sanitary while dumpster diving, and how make the best uses of what you yourself may find discarded in a dumpster, at the curbside or in the alley on trash collection day, or anywhere it may have been discarded. America is very wasteful; take advantage of that sad fact. And enjoy reading the fun stories about Duckin' and Divin' that are on my blog.
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Fells Point Fun Festival 2000

I have been to 3 or 4 Fells Point Fun Festivals, but the only one I did much photography at was in 2000. And I made a blog/poor man's website with a set of photos from then. It's at:

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Bunch of My Earliest Web Published Stories

You can get into a bunch of my web published stories on Magic City News out of Millinocket, Maine. Yup, from way up in the Great North Woods. Some years ago, when I first began to write true stories about my life experiences, Magic City was the first website to publish my work. I didn't even know how to blog at the time. It all began with what happened when I was a Rock and Roll kid from the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area who moved up into Patten, Maine. And fit right into Patten's local culture of woodsmen & boys and country girls & women. Patten being a town of under 2,000 and the largest one within 35-miles of any other town. 

I lived and worked at my Uncle Finley Clarke's Katahdin Lodge and Camps, at the western edge of the East Coast's largest forest, which was about 10-miles north of Patten. With that 10-miles being a really cool roller coaster ride of a country road, which had about the same number of houses as a city block, without any traffic lights or stop signs, so us highly skilled local drivers made that 10-miles in about 8-minutes - easy. 6, if we was scootin' it! 

It began in the late 1960s, when Patten, Maine had a Rock and Roll soul. No radio stations were around, but at their parties, dances and on the jukeboxes it was, internationally popular, Top 100 Hit Parade single records of Rock, Rhythm & Blues and Soul played. I loved that stuff, heard a lot of it in Baltimore, but was more into playing entire record albums of Hendrix, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Muddy Waters and others not yet known up there; but very few Baltimoreans knew of those artists's albums back then either. And, Man O ' Day, did them Mainers ever dance a lot at parties and dances. Sure were fun folks. 

I first lived there during the winter of 1968-69, when the snowfall hit an all time recorded high. It was November to April snowmobile riding, and we rode 'um hard and fast. No groomed trails, back then, just skinny trails we cut, plus backwoods roads - some plowed most not, and farm fields. You may not relate to that, but you may to the fact I hadda lotta fun with them country folks. Great Cribbage games, Yahtzee, beer drinkin', tall tale tellin' & listenin', and swappin' some true life stories, too. Then there was the plethora of secluded places for young, unmarried couples to go parkin' in the dark = steamy windows

There's also some of the part of my life when I became a successful Maine Bear Hunting Guide. Some of you won't want to get into that, but it sure enough ain't like reading any regular hunting magazine you might have seen. 

I did plenty of hard work up there at the Lodge, and out in them vast woods, and loved it. 

Those Magic City News published stories include some of that Maine adventure stuff, also Baltimore stuff - like hip happenings in the mid 1960s there, and some other written works of mine.   

You can get into them at:

http://www.magic-city-news.com/D_R_Crews_84/index.shtml

Enjoy.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Been Around In and Out of Baltimore Over 6 Decades

Over 6 decades ago, I was born in Baltimore - at Church Home & Hospital. The first time I remember being in Baltimore was when I was 6-yrs-old. My grandmother had insisted on buying my cousin Bonnie and I - the two oldest grandchildren and same age - most of our first grade school supplies (I can smell that school-required, shoulder strapped, new book bag now). Our families lived out in the southeast suburbs of Baltimore City, Grandmom Crews knew Baltimore well, and she took us all over town on public transportation. Though our families had available cars and willing drivers, Grandmom did not drive a car, and she wanted it to be all her's and Bonnie's and mine day together. So it ended up being the time I talked about forever as the one great day when I rode in a streetcar (trolley), a bus, and a trackless trolley. The track-bound, steel-wheeled streetcars were powered by connections to overhead electric lines, and so were the asphalt riding, rubber tired trackless trollies, and of course the bus had those large rubber tires too and was powered by a regular gas engine. I only recall: seeing several trackless trollies and climbing aboard one (never saw them again); that we rode on a transit bus, too; then riding a regular trolley over the scary fun streetcar bridge back across Bear Creek into Sparrows Point, where my grandparents lived. With buses and streetcars being everyday suburban sights to us in them 1950s. Just now coming back to me is vague visual recall of the thick crowds of shoppers where we went - all dressed up in their best clothes - and the busy beepin', backed up at red lights, street traffic. Baltimore was thriving gloriously.

My next time memories of being in Baltimore City are from the early 1960s, when my father drove me, my sister and cousin Bonnie to a Rolling Stones Show at the Baltimore Civic Center (Royal Farms Arena). I attended most Rock and Roll shows of the 1960s at the Civic Center. Saw the Yardbirds three times, the Animals once, the Who, and others, but not the Beatles. Dad and Mom were sure puzzled when I turned down their offer of a ticket to the see the Beatles, but all those extremely loudly screaming girls would have been too much for me, and that screams factor eventually caused the Beatles to stop playing live concerts. Yep, I sure did disappoint Dad and Mom standing there in our living room with two Beatles tickets. So my mother ended up going with my sister, and that is a far better memory for me. Knowing that Mom got to be with those crazy kids of that day, and be happily immersed there in that substantially historic time. Photos of the event show a lot of parents there with their daughters. Parents looking all kinds of startled, some stupefied, with most being outright delighted by it all.

One Saturday, in the mid 1960s, I decided to take a bus from the southeast suburbs into Baltimore City to go shopping on the Howard Street Corridor. Two of my neighborhood friends came along - three guys maturing one step up. One friend was my age and the other was a few years younger. The younger one only went into town with us once or twice, but my same aged neighbor Austin and I ended up going downtown Baltimore on many a school year Saturday and summer day.

We became part of the teenage "Mods" scene there. Grooved deep into the Blues Rock based music. Shopped at the famous department stores on Howard St. and off to explore smaller retail establishments on the side streets on up to famously-still-hip Read Street. Ate in the Howard Street Corridor's two Gino's Hamburger places and at Read's Drug Store lunch counters. We saw several of the last of the local Beatniks. Discovered Sherman's Bookstore, which is long gone but still fondly recalled by many who went there. Abe Sherman was famous as a long time Baltimorean with a crusty personality who sold the best newspapers from around the world, he had great magazines (no smut), good books for sale, could converse well with any business person or well respected writer or photographer or local cop or anyone of any age. To us teenagers, he was an old guy who knew what to sell to young people. He carried the Village Voice Newspaper, sold Baltimore's first Rock Band posters and buttons with hip & cool 1960s sayings on them, was first to offer 1960's Rock and Roll magazines with more to them than teeny bopper band pics and stories about band member's fave colors, etc.. I, along with Austin and our Mod friends, also spent time and money in the best records stores, including massively album stocked (but thankfully hardly any boring pop music) General Music across from the Civic Center, went for guitars, harmonicas and other musical gear at Ted's Music Store, which is world famous among many musicians - especially classical musicians from Peabody Institute there across from Ted's, and us Mods were regulars at the Bluesette teen nightclub at 2439 N. Charles St..

In November of 1968, I moved to Northern Maine - where I became a very successful Bear Hunting Guide and Country Girls' Delight. Living and working at my uncle's Katahdin Lodge & Camps of Patten, Maine. A year later, I entered the U.S. Army and was trained as a photographer then assigned to Okinawa as a Public Information Office Photographer. During the 1970s, I took my military discharge, came back to the Baltimore area, moved back to Maine twice, lived in Myrtle Beach, Key West, and back to the Baltimore suburbs. In 1973-74, I was on the Blast Furnace Labor Gang at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, Md.. I would not trade that heavy experience in the steel mills for any other work experience, because going up against the deadly danger, tremendous heat and hard physical labor was a challenge I felt good meeting. Like some guys love playing tackle football. And being from a family of many steel workers, I just had to know what it was about. But, I'd had enough of the mill dirt - where nothing green grows and no women were to be seen and enjoyed. One summer-of-'73 morning, I was on my way to go for a, neighbor mailman recommend, job as a Dundalk postal carrier, by taking a Civil Service Exam at the Main Post Office in Baltimore, when a man late for work and driving a big fat 1966 Pontiac Bonneville ran a red light - right there in sight of the Main Post Office - and slammed into me on my 3-month-old Yamaha 650 Motorcycle. There began lumbar spine injuries that kept me from seeking postal employment and have worsened ever since. I do deal with some degree of pain everyday, but, then, many, many people have far more debilitating medical problems. At its worst, mine temporarily cripples me with severe sciatica for a few days, weeks, and one time (in 1980) for months. During half of the 1980s, after finally having to have lower back surgery at the Philadelphia VA Hospital, I lived a really good life in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Would have stayed longer, if my lumbar spine injuries had not gotten in the way of securing another good job there. I had been an unarmed security guard at Southeast National Bank, until the sinking economy caused the bank to eliminate that job. Centrally located, that bank work gave me introductions to many new friends and valuable acquaintances. And I nearly got a stock photography business going in that superb small town. Until dogged depression dragged me down into near-nothingness. 

I came back to the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area, worked again as a security guard, suffered two more severe medical episodes caused by re-injuring my spine, then had to go on a Non-Service Connected Disability Pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs. A pay rate designed solely for a vet's basic survival. Not accepting that dismal fate, I had to do more than sit around, so I began taking photography and writing classes at Dundalk Community College. That school has a nationally respected photography section. My years there were when my work was pre-digital, and we developed our negatives and printed our photos in "wet labs." I became an acknowledged ace at camera work plus black & white then color printing. And the people working in the writing and computer labs really added to my abilities to do all that I do today. My Internet published stock photography portfolio is expansive and very popular - including over 8,000 images on Flickr with over 1,800,000 hits on them. I have quite a lot of my writings all over the World Wide Web and those works are read by tens-of-thousands of folks.

In December 2014, I moved into a high rise apartment building for low to moderate income senior citizens - located between Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Camden Yards. I plan on being here from 1 to 10 years. It puts me right where I wanna be - where I'm doing a lot of photography and writing. Most advantages of all, I can easily walk to photograph lots of Charm City happenings and also set up a photograph vendor spot where there are plenty of potential buyers enjoying time in my home town. Much of the photography work is on my already solid stock of soon-to-be-published photos and videos of Baltimore being itself. Its healthy, happy, active, attractive, successful, growing self. 

A serious problem I have is caused by me not following certain instructions given to all DCC Photography Students. That is: people all have a right side brain and left side brain. One side handles the creative part of us that does our photography, and the other side handles the business side of our lives; we students were taught to use both sides of our brains and not became photographers who give it all away. I had to give some of it away to be of any solid value to society, and to promote my work. Unfortunately for me, I get sick to my soul if not regularly working and can't help but continue giving 99.99% of my work away. But 'I'm running on empty' and have been for years. I shall continue to work on my online published portfolio, just could somebody out there help me establish a self-sustaining, professional level photography entity out of my hard work, natural talents and well honed skills? Ever since going digital, I haven't been able to afford professional photography equipment. Achievement of my full potential requires the greater creative control of higher quality images produced by pro-level gear.

Something for certain, you will be able to see online the work that I continue to put out, if you help me in any way. My 21st Century photography covers the southeast areas of Baltimore City and County from Fort McHenry around downtown on to Fells Point through Dundalk out to Fort Howard on the Chesapeake Bay. I also write about those communities - together they are my home - I write about my life and some of the local histories I've lived, plus I write, work & fight for the rights of America's Military Veterans. All of which I will continue doing for the rest of my life.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

My YouTube Channel

My YouTube channel has a lot of video I shot in Baltimore. And I skillfully edit each video. My main goal is to always show what ever it is in ways that make you feel as close to being there as a video can do for you. There are videos of people participating in and enjoying public events, and there are videos of Baltimore scenes as seen if you were spending 5 to 29 minutes there. You can view them all right here:

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Photography Portfolio on Flickr

As of today - March 25, 2015 - I have over 8,000 photos and video clips on Flickr - that have received more than 1,800,000 views. There are a lot of Baltimore shots there, and I'll be posting more of them. They are all well edited and custom tweaked by me. See them here