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Valley Visual

Working on a Long-Term Story (3 Photos)

One of my favorite parts about working for the Valley News is the time photographers are given to research and pursue stories. While I’ve worked on long-term stories in the past, this story, which focuses on young special-needs adults who are transitioning from school to adult life, has taken a year, the longest amount of time I’ve spent on a story. While researching, photographing, and compiling this piece has stretched out for a year, four months elapsed before I actually began photographing any of my

Making Connections

When I saw today’s story about Windsor High School’s Haley Wood breaking her mother’s single-season field hockey scoring record, I remembered a photo I did for the Valley News in 1992. Doing a little digging, I found the clipping of Wood’s mother, then named Jody Farnsworth, after an on-field collision. “Going All Out For Glory,” the headline said. While some of my co-workers weren’t born when I started in 1989, it’s interesting for me to make connections between events from today and the past. ∎

The Greater Reward (4 Photos)

Autumn foliage is not usually a subject that makes me go out of my way to photograph. This year, however, the fall colors have been undeniably beautiful. Once the leaves began to turn, I started thinking about photographing the thin white line of the Rock of Ages granite quarry in Bethel that can be seen from an opposite hill. I hoped to rise early and catch the morning sun hitting the rock and foliage through the valley fog, but a period of wet, overcast weather

Details at the Fair (12 Photos)

This morning, I was given an assignment for this blog post — details at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. It was a creative challenge to take a fresh look at the traditional, looking closely at the people, places and things at Vermont’s last fair of the season. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Friday at 6:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VnewsUV.

From the Archive: Leahy 40 Years Ago

Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy is interviewed on television during a visit to the Upper Valley in December 1974, a month after he was first elected to the U.S. Senate at age 34. Leahy ranks first in seniority in the Senate. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Safe Landing

In an outtake from a recent shoot at Northern Lights Gymnastics in Wilder, Annalee Wilson, 18, of Lyme, struggles out of a pit of foam cubes after slipping off the bar while practicing last month. Valley News — James M. Patterson ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 3:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Dogs in a Blog (5 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

All-Stars at the Shrine Game (3 Photos)

There aren’t too many events in the Upper Valley that bring as many people statewide from both Vermont and New Hampshire as the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football game does. All-star high school football players from Vermont and New Hampshire butt heads as their fans cheer on their respective sides. It’s interesting to watch both states collide in a football game, but what I liked to see when I photographed this year’s game was the collaboration. Two other teams are present at the Shrine Bowl

From the Archive: Shrine Parade in Hanover

Shriners ride their motorcycles down Main Street in Hanover for the 1971 parade. The parade precedes the annual all-star football game between New Hampshire and Vermont's best high school players. This year's game will take place Saturday in Hanover. Valley News - Larry McDonald ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Friday at 2:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Considering the Subject in a Different Way (7 Photos)

I was recently given a Crown Graphic camera by my father-in-law, who worked as a photographer for the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal in the 1960s. The camera is large and unwieldy by today’s standards and uses 4-by-5-inch negative sheets. To make one photograph is a process with numerous steps, and if just one is skipped or executed in the wrong order it could mean a missed moment, or worse, a ruined negative. The process forces a photographer to slow down and consider the