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    Something I love to do, and don’t get to do often enough, is go out on random shoots with other photographers. I enjoy collaboration and learning how others approach this craft, and find that i gain something new from each experience.

    Which brings me to early Sunday morning. A longtime friend and fellow photographer, Gary Rubin, and I have tried to get together off and on for one of these shoots for almost a year. Trying to pick a site, we decided to hit the little-known Baltimore Cemetery.

    Founded in 1850, the 85-acre cemetery sits at the intersection of North Avenue and Bel Air Road in northeast Baltimore, a part of the city that has been largely abandoned by residents and industry. Information about the cemetery is limited; there is no website and no one is on the grounds on Sundays.

    What I did find is that the cemetery is home to much of Baltimore’s German population of the 19th and early 20th century. According to a Baltimore Sun article, many of the founders and workers in the city’s breweries from that time are represented at the cemetery, along with some prominent businessmen. One family plot near the front belongs to the Vonderhorsts, a family of brewers who also owned the Baltimore Orioles in the late 1800s.

    Sunday was a miserable weather day, but Gary and I were got to cemetery shortly after the grounds were opened and managed to get in a few shots. Plans to go to other sites were thwarted, but I hope it won’t be long before we can go out shooting again.

    To see more photos, go to my Facebook album here.