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.”