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  • Austin Tally

St. Paul Court in Charles Village

Updated: May 22

This is a Risograph print of a photograph I took in Charles Village, of construction at an apartment complex called "St. Paul Court." The building has a lot of personal significance for me, as I had many friends who lived there back when I was an undergrad in college, and I spent a lot of time there. It was a formative place for me as a writer and musician. 


I am constantly taking photos as I walk around Baltimore, and seeing this chunk of the old "St. Paul Court" sign years after my time there struck me, as it had very unceremoniously been thrown in a pile of rubble on the side of the street, and I wanted to document it. I ended up using a variation of this image in a spread in a zine that was part of my graduate thesis at MICA (Graphic Design MA), but I've always preferred it on its own because of how stark it is, with only the word "COURT" legible. 


Currently, I work in a graphic design firm that does a lot of signage design (Younts Design, Inc.) and so I am always particularly attuned to signage when I'm walking around Baltimore. This print feels like it ties together that old space in Charles Village with my current work in an interesting full-circle way.


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