Sun photos

December 30, 2007

Pictures taken by Sun photographers in 2007 reflected a year of trial for America, from the continuing conflict in Iraq to the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech to plagues of murder, dog-fighting and drugs in Baltimore. But their images also offered joy and hope. Throughout this section, we offer a sampling of the best of them.


Photograph by Chiaki Kawajiri

Twins Jay and Sean Coble take a bath together at home. The pair spent time in foster care before being adopted by Maureen Shanklin, a remarkable woman who is raising 16 children, 14 of them adopted. They came home to her in all different ways. Came home -- that's how she always puts it.


Photograph by Elizabeth Malby

This image at a random checkpoint in Iraq is representative of the absence of clarity our troops are facing on a daily basis. In an environment where sandstorms rage and politics are treacherous, American soldiers must attempt to discern friend from foe.


Photograph by Algerina Perna

When Edwin Frederick O'Brien was installed as the 15th Archbishop of Baltimore at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, the pomp and ceremony was visible everywhere. To Perna, O'Brien's pensive moment, caught outside the cathedral during the procession of bishops and priests, gave this image a special appeal.


Photograph by Doug Kapustin

This budgerigar parakeet is wearing a set of custom-designed headphones that provide auditory feedback in a University of Maryland research laboratory. The idea is to hear what the birds hear. Robert J. Dooling, a UM psychology professor, uses this parakeet and others to better understand the human hearing system. Apart from the research benefits, this parakeet offered a unique photo opportunity. "I can safely say I've never even come close to seeing anything like this," said Kapustin.


Photograph by Gene Sweeney Jr.

Nate Adams, the winner of the FMX competition in The Dew Action Tour at Camden Yards last summer, showed his stuff during the first of two runs. "Having ridden a motorcycle for the last 40 years of my life, I marvel at what these 'kids' do with these familiar machines," said Sweeney. "The sheer nerve of the extreme sports participants is what appeals to me as a spectator and as a photographer. The images are always spectacular."


Photograph by Christopher T. Assaf

The expression on the face of Ravens fan Ken Foster of Bel Air, as the fourth-quarter clock ticked down on a 15-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, told the story of a disastrous season, highlighted by a record number of successive losses. "We didn't deserve to win," said Foster. The pain was exacerbated by a series of hairbreadth losses to some of the best teams in the NFL. The low points included a seeming game-winning field goal that bounced off the goal posts, in and out of the end zone and another last-second loss to the undefeated New England Patriots.


Photograph by Glenn Fawcett

With Baltimore's murder epidemic continuing, the Rev. Trudy Greene (second from left) of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church and Patricia Harracksingh (third from left) of Gwyn Oak United Methodist Church bow their heads in prayer as they stood at the intersection of Denison Street and Clifton Avenue, where Neil Rather was murdered. They were attending a service hosted by John Wesley United Methodist Church to memorialize Baltimore residents killed in city violence. More than 150 United Methodist pastors and more than 200 guests gathered for the service and an unveiling of a strategy to combat the violence called "Hope for the City."


Photograph by Andre F. Chung

Irvin Feagin, a recovering Baltimore heroin addict, was photographed for a Sun series on the heroin substitute buprenorphrine, called "bupe." Irvin had been on heroin for 20 years and had spent much of that time sliding back and forth between jail and the street. The bupe had helped him stay clean long enough to begin repairing his life, and he was optimistic about the future for the first time in a long time. "I really love this photo because both the 20 years of pain and the new determination are present in his gaze," said Chung. "He looks like a man reborn."


Photograph by Barbara Haddock Taylor

A pair of Maryland diamondback terrapins stole the show in April when legislation aimed at protecting their habitat was signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. O'Malley was clearly savoring the moment as he and the terrapins mugged for the camera and legislative leaders including House Speaker Michael Busch (right) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller got into the moment. For a photographer assigned to a potentially mundane bill signing, the event turned into a surprising delight. "I've always enjoyed covering the Maryland legislature because you never now what might happen," said Haddock Taylor.


Photograph by Kim Hairston

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