Baltimore based photographer Kyle Pompey has been capturing photos around the city of folks and how they are managing city life during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“During times of crisis and hysteria I find myself leaving my fears behind me and engulfing myself in the world as it’s known at the time. Photography is for documenting moments whether they are good or bad, either way they have to be recorded. When I go out, I think to myself, “What or ho is being overlooked?”, and then I go and capture the essence of whatever “that” is. In almost every crisis I’ve lived through in Baltimore, the homeless, mentally ill, and the drug addicted individuals are looked over. I always tell myself to take the realest images I can and that usually means taking an image without them knowing (my goal is not to exploit, so I try not to make their faces too visible). I posted these images in hopes that it will spark something in someone to want to do something about it. We all have our super power and mine is capturing life as I see it. Be safe y’all and remember your super power is no good if you don’t use it”, says Kyle.
About Kyle Pompey
Kyle Pompey, owner of Nice Shot Media, LLC. considers himself an “organic photojournalist.” Whether photographing in his studio, for a shoot, or in the street, Kyle avoids posed or planned pictures. Instead, he perceives the energy of his subject, which then guides the story Kyle captures in each moment. Baltimore born and raised, Kyle takes pictures of what he knows, and what feels like home to him. He notes that this means he photographs the sides of life, particularly in Baltimore, that people want to overlook. “People don’t want to acknowledge it,” Kyle says. “So nothing’s happening. I use photography to stop time. I want to let people see what’s going on through the pictures.”
On November 12, 2017, Kyle, in collaboration with Ms. Nikiea Redmond and Mr. Sadiq Ali, published and realesed a photo journalism book in conjunction with poems entitled ‘Perspective: Baltimore’.
Courtesy Photo/Kyle Pompey
Courtesy Photo/Kyle Pompey
‘PERSPECTIVE: BALTIMORE’. Kyle describes it as “A collection of street photos used to promote free thought and perspective.”
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