hampden alley portraits

I'm one of those guys photo editors complain about. I've spent years traveling around the world to photograph in exotic locations, when as the editors like to say, "There are great pictures to be made right in your own backyard!"

And come to think of it, there really is a lot going on in my backyard, or at least in my back alley. Fugitives from justice have fled down my alley pursued by Baltimore City Police helicopters. A young guy with a badly cut hand once left a trail of blood down my alley which stretched for 1/4 mile (I followed it the whole way!) Angry adolescents smoking cigarettes, teenage moms, red-haired research scientists, museum curators, hip musicians-- all pass down my alley. After watching this parade continue for years, I decided that the photo editors were right, and this project was born.

So now, whenever the mood strikes and the weather cooperates, I will set up a little studio right on my parking pad beside the alley. And then I wait for my subjects to appear. It usually doesn't take very long.

To see more images from this project and learn how to take part, check out www.hampdenalleyportraits.com