I recently flew out to Baltimore to visit my best friend Lyda Langford. Lyda and their fabulous housemates Anna, Kara and Lauren live in a beautiful old apartment in the Bolton Hill neighborhood. They all go to MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), except for Kara, who teaches children through Americorps. They all made me feel welcome, and I had a great time chatting, cooking and watching silly TV with them. Lauren and Kara let me take a few photos of them. Lyda has a pet snake named Rosemary, and I was lucky to get a few shots of him. You can follow Rosemary on Instagram @therosemarysnake
I was surprised and delighted by how vibrant and creative Baltimore is as a city. People were generally friendly and considering- even the Uber drivers were nice! Baltimore is full of art museums, shared creative spaces and artists. I got the sense that the line between professional and amateur artists is blurred there; I met amateurs who make amazing, dedicated work, and professionals who make accessible, relevant work. I’m often hesitant to get involved in the art world because I find it so exclusive, but my trip to Baltimore has inspired me to broaden my horizons. While I was there, I went to the American Visionary Art Museum, which is dedicated to celebrating artists without any formal training. Lyda and I also went to the senior Art Walk at MICA, which was incredible. While we were there, we ran into Sammie Miller, who was kind enough to let me photograph her. You can check out her work Here.
After all those outings, I wanted a quiet day with Lyda. We walked around their neighborhood taking photos and playing on their skateboard. Baltimore is full of little parks and lush boulevards, so we had to stop every half block to get more photos. All the photos of my are courtesy of Lyda.
Thanks to Lyda Langford, Kara Korab, Lauren Heath, Anna Rose Christiano, Sammie Miller, Mark Mentzel, Ellery Bryan and Marie Claire including me in their wonderful community!