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I have been living in Baltimore for nearly 20 years. As fine art photographer, I have found inspiration in the inner cities for many of my subjects. My interest in ordinary people and especially children present a special amount of intrigue for me. In addition, I have found the richness of Baltimore's architecture another influence in my work.
Baltimore feeds my creative soul, I focus on my immediate surroundings where I happen to be at the time. I don't want to miss out on the beauty around us--whether evolved from nature or made by human effort. I appreciate the complex interweaving between the individual, society and the environment. I find that cities are ideal for working artists because they provide a rich array of creative resources. Recently, I have found my city garden as another rich source for my creativity. Blog: www.haroldemccray.com/ArtistInTheKitchen
Occasionally, I write for local publications, and more recently I have started blogging about my city garden. I maintain that images can be more uplifting than words, but an image captured in a photograph is transporting, and goes beyond the written word. My favorite medium is black and white because it renders for me an ethereal quality for the subject. This medium forces me to exercise my imagination and bring me closer to my poetic vision--to see patterns, meanings, and emotion beneath the surface of ordinary things.
My work is represented in several important collections. I have been a curator of several juried photography shows and have served as an officer and board member of several art organizations.
"MICA LIGHT" -- What could they build on such an oddly shaped piece of property that towers above Howard Street? Over months I watched the contraction equipment and the building material grow as the building began to take shape. Initially, I thought the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) was preparing a sculpture for "Artscape," but during one of my frequent bike rides in the area, I realized its sheer size indicated something different.
The building continued to intrigue me and once the glass was in place it began to interest me photographically. Different times during the day I would pass this building, which I soon learned to be the Brown Center, and I would shoot a few frames of its polygonal shape which made it seem more sculptural.
When I first saw the Brown Center flooded with lights from within, the structure as a building ceased and the sculpture appeared as a ...