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Open to Interpretation

When I returned to the office last week after photographing the arrival of 17 kids from New York City for a week of vacation with Upper Valley host families through the Fresh Air program, I found an unexpected image in my take. Many of the families were welcoming repeat visitors with excitement, smiles and hugs, and I searched through them looking for the one that best captured that emotion. This photo, of Jada Rollins, right, just after meeting Aaron and Kyrsten Paroline, both 12, for

Free to Roam (3 Photos)

As with any job, some days as a photojournalist are better than others. Last Friday, when my editor suggested I check out the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, I knew it was going to be one of those good days. Large events, such as the bluegrass festival, are favorites of mine as I’m free to roam and find situations within the event that interest me. While a festival like this can be overwhelming, with people everywhere and moments left and right, I wait to

The Moments Before (4 Photos)

When covering sports and other types of performances that draw an audience’s attention to the obvious focal point of action, I’ve often found my eye drifting toward the area of activity just slightly off center stage. I enjoy watching the performers or athletes waiting to make an appearance, their nervous excitement building in the moments before they must prove themselves to those watching. Baseball dugouts are a fine example of this space. I find evidence of tension here in small moments: hands clenching a fence,

Confirmation in White River Junction

Altar server Matthew Zimmerman of Barnard leads the recessional after confirmation mass at St. Anthony’s in White River Junction earlier this month. In his first visit to the parish, Bishop Christopher Coyne, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, confirmed more than a dozen young people during the mass. Confirmation, the fourth of seven sacraments, is the third sacrament of initiation and is the moment young people re-affirm their faith by their own choosing. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Friday at 7:30 p.m.

From the Archive: Firehouse Tour

Kindergarteners visit the White River Junction fire station in October 1962. Valley News — Larry McDonald ∎  Posted to the Valley Visual blog Thursday at 2 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Gone Fishing (2 Photos)

A little over a month ago, I bought a fish tank. Walking down the aisle of the local pet store, I found the perfect tank that was the right size and fit my meager intern budget. I’ve never owned a pet fish, didn’t buy one during that shopping adventure, and don’t plan on getting one any time soon. I’m not really a fish person. Instead, I bought the tank for my prized Canon camera with a future story in mind — the Upper Valley listserv

Dogs in a Blog (6 Photos)

It will surprise few who know me that I often encounter dogs at my assignments — regardless of what sort of story I am shooting. I am drawn to dogs. They have always been part of my life, and, in fact, they are an important part of the social fabric of the Upper Valley. No wonder that I gravitate toward them when I go out on assignment — and that my inability to pass up on the opportunity to say hello to a dog has

Part of the Process

A.J. Potwin, of Sharon, left, and Scooter Cadwell, of Sharon, attempt to prime an uncooperative pump while collecting maple sap from about 150 taps for L.L. Potwin Services at their sugarbush in Quechee in late March. L.L Potwin also has about 1,100 taps at a sugarbush in Sharon. ∎  Posted to the Valley Visual blog Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

A Premium Perch

After I photographed Chloe Thompson, 13, and her mother Lauren Hurlburt at Stone Farm last month, they showed me around their Cornish farm. While looking in on a stall of lambs, I turned to see a head rising above the stall door behind me. It was a goat named Willow, perched atop a ram named Mongo, a habit the Hurlburts had not yet been able to capture on a camera and which I was lucky to see. ∎  Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at

Getting the Whole Story at the Britton Lumber Fire

I had just settled in to watch one more episode of Gilmore Girls before going to bed Saturday night when I got the call from the editor of our Sunday paper. There is a fire at a lumberyard in Fairlee. It’s big. We need you to cover it. I flew into action, changing out of my sweatpants, throwing on warm layers, all with adrenaline pumping in my veins. Just a few hours earlier, one of my coworkers listened as I complained about not getting the