While I generally focus on the best aspects of Baltimore, sometimes, there are things that catch my attention that don’t show my city at its best. The UK’s Daily Mail (I know, a total rag) had a piece on the singular homes that stand in Baltimore where there were once rows of houses. While every other house around it has been abandoned and torn down, the one house remains standing. It’s a measure of hope that things will get better, that the neighbourhood will turn around, that other people will come back. It is a home that someone worked hard to own, they saved their money, they bought into the only place they could afford. Someone has made an effort to lift up the place where they live. They have risen above the others who’ve given into the temptations that surround them everyday. These images make me terribly sad, but they also show the glimmer of hope that things can change, life can turn around and they will remain undaunted.
These and other photographs are on exhibit at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore.
All images are ©Ben Marcin, whose other works you can see here.