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Valentine’s Day is approaching. Are you tired of the forced romantic dinner where the food tastes as if your favorite restaurant sent in its second-string cooks to accommodate the unusually large — and awkward — dinner crowd? Why not attend a red-carpet debut featuring California photographer, Amy Martin-Friedman, for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction that benefits victims of domestic partner abuse?

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, at Subtle Rebellion Salon+Gallery in Harford County. Friedman will unveil her collection of Baltimore-based portraits. Prints, note cards, t-shirts, and coffee table books showcasing her photography will be for sale. A portion of the proceeds go to SARC, a Harford County domestic violence shelter.

Friedman’s photographs are part of her “A Day in My Shoes” project. Each year Friedman partners with a new city and shelter to help women who are trying to escape abusive relationships. Women in each city, not just women who’ve experienced abuse, volunteer their time and money to pose in a fashionable pair of shoes for Friedman at a location that has some personal meaning. Friedman focuses her lens on the stems — legs and shoes, to make all women, including the one’s whose safety depends on anonymity, feel safe and powerful.

Why buy a photograph of some stranger’s legs? Aside from the good cause, these mostly black-and-white photographs are works of art that include some of Baltimore’s most striking backdrops, including Federal Hill and Mount Vernon. I was lucky enough to follow Friedman around Baltimore for the photo shoot last September. Trust me when I say you’ll be in awe of the way she plays with angles and architecture. It didn’t hurt that some of her volunteers had calves that could make Tina Turner jealous. Sneak a peek beforehand here.



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