Remington photos a self-portrait

Twenty eight photos lined the walls of the restaurant Meet 27 on Saturday. They showed the neighborhood warts and all, from boarded-up row houses to colorful flower beds and residents posing with their dogs.

One photo illustration showed Earth, with an arrow pointing to Remington.

The photos were the result of a five-week workshop that brought adults and teens together to photograph what co-organizer Susan Malone called "the beauty, the challenges and the people of this community."

Malone is executive director of Wide Angle Youth Media, which co-sponsored the workshop with the Greater Remington Improvement Association. The nonprofit based at Miller's Court provides Baltimore youths with education in media ranging from photos to videos so that they can "tell their own stories and become engaged in their communities," according to the group's website, http://www.wideanglemedia.org.

The photo project was funded by a $5,000 grant from the Baltimore Community Foundation.

Malone said hundred of photos were taken during the project. Twenty eight were on display at Meet 27 for a post-project event called, "Recognizing Remington: Celebrating Neighborhood Identity and Giving Thanks."

Malone said Wide Angle's goal in co-sponsoring the project was to become more active in the community, give back to the community, and establish a working relationship with the Greater Remington association.

The association's goal was to bring people together and take advantage of the high number of artists that live in Remington, said president Judith Kunst, who is a former art teacher.

"For me, art has always been a bridge for people to merge together," Kunst said.

Davon Baynes, 16, was a guest of honor at the event. Baynes shot five of the photos on display, including a cockeyed liquor store sign, a recycling sign and a tiny patch of white flowers.

Most of the images just caught his eye, he said; only the recycling sign was shot to send a message.

"Recycle," said Baynes, grinning.

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