DUNDALK, Md. — Aside from the recollections, all that is left of the Francis Scott Key Bridge as we knew it, are the images. A neighborhood photographer helps protect its historical past whereas additionally serving to the households who had been impacted by its collapse.

If you are taking a ship out on the Patapsco River and head in direction of the Key Bridge immediately, you are probably both somebody going to view the wreckage, or a employee serving to to clear it. The final time Jennifer Smutek went out on a ship to this spot, it was together with her father, and her digicam. Through her lens, she had a a lot completely different view.

“My dad and I’ll rise up actually early within the morning, make espresso, and attempt to beat the solar out and watch the dawn. We’ll sit beneath the bridge and watch it come up,” she tells WMAR-2 News.

She was making recollections together with her dad. She had no concept she would in the future want recollections of the bridge, too.

Jennifer Smutek

“I’m an individual who likes to revisit an area and {photograph} it, over and over and over. Because every day it is a bit completely different. I photographed this bridge, I do not know what number of instances, and I all the time thought that I’d have the ability to come again to it repeatedly. And to suppose that – that is gone, it is wild.”

As knowledgeable wedding ceremony photographer, Smutek principally takes pictures like this, for enjoyable. So she was shocked when, on a random Tuesday morning, somebody reached out asking to buy one among her Key Bridge pictures.


Jennifer Smutek

“And I assumed, that is a wierd request at 5:30 within the morning. And then I began scrolling by the remainder of my messages, and I used to be devastated.”

More devastating information got here when she discovered of the six building employees who misplaced their lives.

“My dad labored for Bethlehem Steel, rising up. It was a harmful job. He would get injured. I can bear in mind as a bit woman, being so scared when he would go to work, and so relieved when he would come dwelling. And I simply consider these households – they in all probability nervous quite a bit when these employees went to work. And then it grew to become a actuality for them that they did not come dwelling.”

People needed to purchase her pictures, she needed to assist the households – it simply made sense. She’s now donating the cash she makes from gross sales on to the fundraiser arrange by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

“I did not really feel proper promoting them. I assumed – how might I take advantage of this as a car to assist?”

You should purchase the pictures at Little Crystal Bijoux in Dundalk, or on-linehere.