"I have to have something between me and reality when I'm dealing with it most intensely."
- Ralph Ellison

“A great deal of art making–process–is about subliminal desire. The hardest thing for aspiring creative people is to learn to trust that kind of feeling, that longing, that instinct, because they are surrounded by ‘who cares about that?’, ‘that’s been done before’ and ‘what is the point of that?’ An artist has to believe in his own sense and experience of wonder. Life is too precious to simply adopt other people’s concerns.”
- Richard Rothman


See my books on Magcloud.

see me on...

Actual Colors May Vary
American Elegy
Amerikana Magazine
Baker Artist Awards Portfolio
Baltimore Magazine
Baltimore Sun (2014)
Baltimore Sun (2015)
BBC (2009)
BBC (2015)
Cadillac Ranch Dressing
Candid Frame
City Paper
from American with Love
feature shoot
GOOD Pictures
Huffington Post
I Still Shoot Film
Japan Camera Hunter - Jesse's Visual Interviews
kwerfeldein (in German) click here to read the essay in English
Kissing Eyes
La Maison Wertn
Lens People
Lifo magazine (in Greek, 2014) click here to read the interview in English
Lifo magazine (in Greek, 2015) click here to read the interview in English
Lifo magazine (in Greek, 2016) click here to read the essay in English
Pellicola Magazine
Positive Magazine
Renegade Visions
Shooting Film
Shutters in the Night
They Shoot Film, Don't They?
Washington Post


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    DanielKuzmin says:

    "Simply put Patrick's photography is a true sight to behold.
    His night photos evoke a profound sense of emotional pleasure, calm and wonder.
    Patrick is one of the best photographers of the present day."

    October 16th, 2017

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    The16bits says:

    "I've recently discovered Patrick's photostream and i must say i'm transfixed by the beauty of his photographs and the way he sees the world and tell stories. His photographs tought me how to look at NYC this summer, differently than I've been looking at it since 2010. He transforms ordinary into extraordinary. He shows things that are there but are unseen by many."

    September 28th, 2017

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    ste_sa says:

    "His work gives me a sense of Baltimore, and of the USA. Inspires me to try to capture the essence of my own home town"

    August 11th, 2017

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    Jorge Mateo says:

    "The day I discovered Patrick's work was how to find inspiration, those corners so special that only he can portray through the camera to transport us to that solitude and tranquility of that space in particular. There is a before and after Patrick, he is the one, and the rest we are all, his disciples. The work of Patrick is one of the most important works ever created, behind all his photos there is a magic and special corner, only he knows how to do it with enough pleasure to recreate it as if it were a movie, always with those classic cars and That fog that gives such a soft touch to the image, and those colors of the film of reel. He is a teacher, he makes art, he is an inventor and he has inspired many, every photo of him makes me enjoy. Thanks Patrick, there will never be enough words to thank you for your work."

    June 27th, 2017

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    Disparatodo says:

    "Patrick Joust is a one of a kind photographer and artist. It is always an inspiring pleasure to see his work."

    November 29th, 2013

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    HeitzelA says:

    "I did a "who inspires me power point" in my digital media class about Patrick Joust. He truly has an eye for capturing beautiful images."

    January 3rd, 2013

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    Khánh Hmoong says:

    "Patrick Joust is one of the best photographers on Flickr I've known. His medium format photographs are very interested with me. So amazing!"

    September 1st, 2012

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    Mariya Ustymenko-Kevlin says:

    "I do believe that in 30 years from now Patrick Joust would be viewed as one of America's best documentarists of the start of this century. His work is routed in tradition but most importantly his street portraits reveal a sympathetic eye. There is no sensationalism here, just an honest exploration of landscape inhabited by human spirit. We are priviledged to see his photographic poems. A must see photostream on Flickr."

    April 7th, 2012

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    Susanna-Cole King says:

    "I'm elated to have discovered Patrick Joust's photographs, at long last, here's a man with a camera who can wonderfully capture the every essence of Baltimore city. I've been hunting for good collections of Baltimore photos to show friends who live far away and who have never been to Baltimore, or who only know it through television, and I must confess, I compose so few comments and testimonials on Flickr, it takes something special to pull me out of my shell, however, Patrick has inspired me not only to write this testimonial, but to pull those film cameras from my dresser drawer and start shooting around Baltimore."

    November 12th, 2011

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    Tales of a Flaneur says:

    "I've watched Patrick's photostream for years and I'm continually amazed at the rage and depth of the images he makes of Baltimore. Much of his work reminds one of "The Wire", though I would argue these images piece together a broader, richer picture of life in that city.

    And of course, I'm rather jealous of his ability to make magical, haunted images at night. He inspires me to do better work."

    June 11th, 2011

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    Kirk Smith. says:

    "I get inspired and angry looking at this gallery. Its almost annoying how talented this guy is."

    March 11th, 2011

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    Daniel Ideris says:

    "You are amazing amazing amazing! and your night photo is one of the best in Flickr!

    Daniel Ideris"

    January 19th, 2011

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    LesterSpence says:

    "With the expansion of social media sites like Facebook, Flickr doesn't have quite the same caché for me that it once did. I still post, but I don't really participate a quarter as often as I once did.

    Patrick Joust is one of the reasons Flickr continues to inspire me even given the changes in the broader landscape."

    December 21st, 2010

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    mando.alvarez says:

    "Patrick is the man!"

    November 12th, 2010

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    Philosophographlux says:

    " Congratulations to Patrick Joust, our artist of the week.

    Patrick Joust has long been known to the Flickr community as an advocate of vintage equipment and the quality and framing of much of his work could only be accomplished with such a collection. From fine-grain presentations of barren and abandoned urban landscapes and street photography to his studies in post-industrial decay, the camera, the film, and the darkroom chemistry have always been at the forefront, revealing their own constant flaws and struggles to retain the image. For a long time I looked at his adumbrations of his culture as avoiding figuration and the absence of people was painfully present in every frame. His work, however, has gradually become more figurative and his current work confronts the human elements of Baltimore head on. Thus his work now reveals the interaction of human beings, their ethos and their bodies, and the decaying infrastructure of their recent American ancestors.

    Congratulations on being Adumbrations of the Sublunary Ethos Artist of the Week!"

    September 26th, 2010

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    dans240z says:

    "I get a very warm feeling from Patrick's work. I find that regardless of the subject matter, his photos never fail to evoke a personal and humanistic emotion. His work in Baltimore is phenomenal and shows his well rounded skills in approach and composition. It's a photo documentary of great proportion, quality and significance. To me, I find endless inspiration and have learned through Patrick that anything is worthy of a photograph. From the mundane, to the eccentric, downtrodden or uplifting, there's always a subject for consideration. Not only can he shoot, but he's an approachable, helpful and friendly guy (though we've never met in the flesh!), and that counts for a good bit, too. Still, even if he were a jerk, the photos rock.

    A fantastic body of work, an absolute must to check out."

    September 25th, 2010

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    steven-brooks says:

    "Patrick has been one of my favorite photographers on Flickr since before I became a member myself. He is that rare combination of technical expertise and raw talent. Though his subject matter is diverse, he always composes with great sensitivity for and understanding of his subjects. Patrick is a photographer’s photographer. The kind of photographer that makes the rest of us pale in comparison, while making us better."

    July 21st, 2010

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    Colin Clarke~ says:

    "Once you have been enjoying Patrick Joust's work for just a short time, you come to realize that he produces 'signature' images again and again. Patrick has such a great eye for seeing a story in simple and sometimes quite mundane subjects. And his stories are thrillers, full of detail and unexpected twists and turns. I especially enjoy how Patrick uses his cameras - many of which are of the 'organic' (film) variety. He seems to really excel with 6x6 twin lens reflexes, many square images from which are made at or near ground level using very selective focus. But whatever the tools or subjects, Patrick's innate ability and visionary skill produces wonderful images. It is a pleasure to view his work. In the years to come, I will be able to say "I knew Patrick Joust before he published his first book, and had work selected for museums.""

    June 5th, 2010

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    Sam Char says:

    "Patrick Joust is an incredible photographer, and one of my true favorites. I was attracted to his work going a few years back. What I saw and still see in Patrick is a true photographer.

    Patrick's work is genuine and real. He gets out there on the streets, day in and day out, and gets these incredibly raw and powerful images.

    I started out as a street photographer myself so I have a deep fondness for what Patrick does. In addition to those great images, Patrick's use of vintage old cameras, film, and developing techniques is something to marvel! :-)

    I am in awe of the work he produces, and Patrick's work serves as an inspiration to me. Thanks Patrick, keep it up!!! :-)"

    June 4th, 2010

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    kingqueenknave says:

    "An incredibly talented photographer who rarely fails at transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. One of my favorite streams to follow on flickr."

    May 11th, 2010

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    astra pentaxia says:

    "This gentleman definitely has a powerful point of view - he's not just capturing moments as they happen, but when I take a look at his stream, it's like I'm looking through his eyes and I'm pleased with everything that I see. He creates such a nice, solid order out of a big world of chaos (look at his street photography!!) and I absolutely cite him as an inspiration."

    February 8th, 2010

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    Stephen Dowling says:

    "Patrick's photography is one of the highlights of Flickr. I'm always amazed at how he gets such atmosphere and mood from his street photography. I only know his home city of Baltimore as a fan of the TV show The Wire, but through Patrick's beautiful photography, I'm given a new perspective. His natural style really brings the street corners and avenues alive.

    Patrick's use of old film cameras is really inspiring - being a fellow film user I'm often drawn to his fine results with old gear. But whether you're a digital user or a film nut, there's many compelling reasons to come back to his photostream."

    December 28th, 2009

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    janainz says:

    "Whenever I get into a situation when I am photographing and feel that my pics are getting boring…I stop and think to myself “WWPJD” – "What Would Patrick Joust Do?" Patrick has the unique ability of making ordinary, mundane, everyday scenes unique and refreshing. And the fact he’s shooting in film, makes him even more special!"

    December 4th, 2009

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    supersonik-zlad says:

    "He is an inspiration."

    November 28th, 2009

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    Skip Cooper -aka powman says:

    "Patrick, in my "not so humble" opinion is THE premier photo-documentarian of modern Baltimore city life. His un-erring eye captures the essence of the real Baltimore. The other great one, A. Aubrey Bodine was a pictorialist at heart and failed to truly capture what Patrick seems to so easily bring to us, namely the gritty, down to earth tone of the city. The great photograph should look as if it was easily taken, never contrived or "strained". Like the home run swing of a Mickey Mantle, graceful, natural and without undue effort, Patrick just knocks them out of the park. If there is another photographer that does it better, I have yet to see his work. Patricks work is a treasure, and should have a special place in some Baltimore "Hall of Fame". I have been looking at photographs, and taking photographs for more than 45 years and I believe that Patricks work ranks with the best that I have seen. We are lucky to have him here, so that his great talent is brought to bear on the City of Baltimore."

    August 19th, 2009

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    umphotography says:

    "One of my favorite flickr photographers A great inspiration Every shot is a keeper :)"

    June 30th, 2009

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    Picture Books says:

    "More than a photgrapher, Patrick is an artist! Creating amazing portraits of the everyday world most never notice. He gives each subject his/her/its just due. And these portraits open the eyes of once-blind viewers! His photos pack a wallop! Be prepared to "see" with new eyes and enjoy a beauty that is anything but everyday!"

    April 1st, 2009

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    Holden Richards says:

    "Patrick has been shooting his hometown through the filter of its gritty past with hints of now. Most of his shots look like an homage of what could have been an elusive childhood memory. His images have socially aware contexts and make us think about urban life in a backwards/forwards way that is provacative without any hints of senitmentality."

    February 11th, 2009

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    Oℓivia says:

    "Wow, this is an amazing body of work. Very inspiring! You seem to take small slices of mundane life and create small, marvelous worlds that I can't help but want to dive right into.

    You are my new favorite photographer."

    December 8th, 2008

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    Samuel Seta says:

    "So far, I have a feelig of my photographer's eyes having been stagnant.
    Patrick's photos give me good teaching of how to face the objects."

    November 23rd, 2008

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    moe.riot. says:

    "patrick is one of those rare photographers who can an ordinary scene of a cliched car or sign and turn it into a masterpiece. his photostream tells a story of the everyday life. the one we live but don't realize because we're too worried about rent, car payments, bills and other meaningless things. he lets us appreciate what we've missed, if we could only take a second and breathe."

    October 10th, 2008

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    juliusfrumble says:

    "According to my mysterious algorithm ,Patrick is on top of explore.
    film or digital...everybody learns something here !"

    September 18th, 2008

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    keithbgoldstein says:

    "Patrick's eye has a flare for the unusual, incorporating very creative use of color and depth of field."

    July 9th, 2008

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    jmblackie says:

    "I bumped into Patrick at rangfinderforum.com and decided to hop over to see his Flickr photostream. I was impressed at once. He has an eye for the unique and the incongruous; it's as if his photos were taken in some “other” place and time. Realist, Dadaist and Classical styles are all apparent in his work and, quite frankly, I was amazed that I’m the first to write about his craft. They’re not ALL wonderful, but the ratio of good to so-so is very, very high and some of his photographs are just amazing. Lucky find for me. Good work."

    April 30th, 2008

November 2007
Oroville, CA
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