Fox in Focus:

A photographer's look back at Kevin Kamenetz's career

Lloyd Fox
The Baltimore Sun

Like most people, the death of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz took me by surprise. I had never had any personal dealings with Mr. Kamenetz; it was always work related. He was always on one side of the camera and I on the other.

After hearing the news, I began playing back the many times I photographed him in the community over the years. From the time he celebrated the Baltimore County Olympians to the opening of the Museum of Negro League Baseball in Owings Mills, I was there.

I was also there when he talked about the sale of the Sparrows Point Steel Mill property and when he announced his candidacy for governor.

One time, a reporter and I were interviewing him in his office regarding plans for his second term. To compose what I thought to be a nice candid photo of him, I laid on the ground and tucked behind a chair in his office.

He lost sight of me, but he could hear the clicking of the camera. He started looking around the room to figure out where I was and when found me, he just smiled.

My last assignment to photograph him was his funeral and it was my last chance to celebrate his life through my lens.

Fox in Focus posts will typically appear weekly in The Sun’s Darkroom blog. You can follow Lloyd on Instagram at @lloyd1fox and Twitter at @lloyd1fox.

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