After a one-year stint as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Baltimore in 2002, photographer Patrick Joust left the city to pursue work in California for a few years. But eventually Charm City pulled him back in 2006.

Nine years later, he still calls Baltimore home. He lives there with his wife, son and a twin lens reflex camera that he carries religiously to explore and document the faces and facades that define Baltimore’s aesthetic. And though Joust is most well-known for a series on night photos of Baltimore’s urban landscape, it is the color portraits of its residents that he says most represent the flavor of the city.

The photographs in “Baltimore in Color,” a long-running series of portraits, appear like the vintage postcards one might stumble across in one of the antique stores along Hampden’s 36th St. in North Baltimore. Images of colorful characters wearing cat-eye sunglasses, an ice cream vendor taking a break during the summer heatwave, and rusted cars scattered across the city appear as though they’ve been unearthed from a bygone era rather than taken in the past nine years. The folks in them represent a crosssection of Baltimore’s working-class citizens living in various neighborhoods, from the Middle East neighborhood to north of Johns Hopkins all the way up to Hampden.

“Baltimore has such a communal, open spirit about it,” Joust tells In Sight. “In almost every neighborhood people gather on their stoops or on sidewalks to talk and meet. There’s no pretension here. I wanted to take pictures that reflected even just a little bit of that.”