An eye for the city

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Lloyd Fox

Bal­ti­more res­i­dent Izzie Ar­rizza has an eye for find­ing col­or­ful and un­usual doors along the streets of Charm City. She cap­tures them on her iPhone and shares them on her Bmore_A­doorable In­sta­gram ac­count.

Izzie shares some of her thoughts about her pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy.

What made you start tak­ing the door pic­tures? I made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to not be­come an M.D., but in­stead be­gan a ca­reer in clin­i­cal re­search. This change in my ca­reer path al­lowed me to still gen­er­ate fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity while stim­u­lat­ing my an­a­lyt­i­cal side and in­sa­tiable need to learn. How­ever, it also granted me the free time to ul­ti­mately pur­sue song­writ­ing, as well as spare time for trav­el­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, cre­at­ing art, and other things I am­pas­sion­ate about.

In the last sev­eral years, I felt a force keep­ing me in Bal­ti­more. Yet I de­cided early on that I wasn’t go­ing to re­sent the in­abil­ity to leave as fre­quently but rather grow where I was planted. By tak­ing the time to ex­plore my own home­town, I ended up fall­ing in love with it. Sure, it’s rough around the edges, but I truly be­gan to un­der­stand the mean­ing be­hind “Charm City.” I wanted oth­ers to see the charm that I saw and Bmore Adoorable was just one of those av­enues.

Do you search them out or just shoot them if some­thing catches your eye? I re­ally have never gone out of my way to search for doors; rather I would snap any­thing that caught my eye. At this point my eyes seemed to be trained to look at doors be­fore any­thing. ... Kind of the same way that when you buy a new car you see it ev­ery­where. I sup­pose the trained eye comes from aware­ness. I of­ten have other peo­ple tell me the same; whether friends, fam­ily or fol­low­ers of Bmore_A­doorable, I fre­quently have peo­ple send me doors pho­tos or hints to lo­ca­tions all the time now. The aware­ness has spread. Izzie Ar­rizza

PHO­TOS BY IZZIE AR­RIZZA/FOR THE BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Ann Street Strip: The bold color strip of houses is lo­cated a block north of the Wharf Rat in Fells Point.

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