Baltimore [Population 2,668,000] - Redux

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© Michael King
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UploadedJanuary 4, 2010
TakenApril 7, 2006
Exposure1/250 sec at f/29
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length130 mm
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The city of Baltimore has the highest crime rate of any major metropolitan area in the country. When seen from the air, it becomes apparent (to some) where the root of this problem lies. With every new layer of asphalt, with every new apartment complex and every new billboard, there is simply more clutter upon preexisting clutter. Gentrification and what the Germans liked to call "Stadterneuerung" are what's at work here, but have they really accomplished anything or have they just made things worse?

Living in such a place, it's hard to imagine having much hope for a happy "well-adjusted" life. Maybe all it takes is a change of scenery.

Notes: Shot using an improvised tilt-shift lens. Quite happy with the result, if I do say so myself.

9 responses

  • Elizabeth Saporito

    Elizabeth Saporito gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    Cool capture...

  • Santiago Padilla

    Santiago Padilla gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    Yes. Voted!

  • Mark Stanley

    Mark Stanley said (8 Jan 2010):

    Voted! enjoyed your comment and the image!

  • Younes

    Younes said (14 Jan 2010):

    great great frame and nicely explained but i wish photo could say te story itself through content. any way my vote.

  • J T

    J T said (16 Jan 2010):

    Great image, but did you mean Baltimore 288,530?

    288,530,000 is almost the population of the entire United States.

  • Michael King

    Michael King said (21 Jan 2010):

    hah, woops

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (8 Feb 2010):

    Very neat photo!

  • Grey Mil1lion

    Grey Mil1lion gave props (20 May 2010):

    That photo rocks.... so surreal

  • Christopher Godish

    Christopher Godish gave props (23 Mar 2012):

    There's no place like home.

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