A black cherry tree enjoys a fair alotment of sunlight despite being surrounded by a stand of white pine trees at Trues Brook Natural Area in Lebanon, N.H., on May 20, 2014. The tree is distinguished by a semicircle of logs protecting its roots and a boulder near its base. A nearby sign placed by the city of Lebanon reads in part, “We hope to keep the tree healthy ... not only for its beauty but also for its supply of nectar and fruits to
“It’s a good group of kids,” says Jack Stinson, as he leaves a small square of cement in a field of green grass. “Kids,” of course, is a relative term, since Stinson, 85, is only 20 years older than the youngest of the group, Jane Higgins, who is 65. Both Stinson and Higgins have been profiled by the Valley News in recent years for their successful endeavors in physical fitness. And they were still at it on Monday, practicing with trainer Carl Wallin and other
When I was taking a class in photojournalism, our professor would chastise us for only photographing from our own eye level. “If your photos aren’t turning out interesting, change your vantage point,” he would often tell us. It’s easy to want to photograph from the point of view we’re used to — around 5 or 6 feet, where the sky fills up half the frame, and where the tops of children’s heads are seen. When I was assigned to photograph Main Street in Claremont for
From the archive: Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, visited the Upper Valley in June 1975. A 1925 Dartmouth College graduate, Seuss was the author of 46 children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat. Valley News photograph ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Thursday at 3 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.
The 42nd annual Dartmouth Powwow finished its two-day run on the Green at Dartmouth on Sunday, with Native American participants from as far away as California, Montana and the Canadian Maritimes. The festivities, which saw roughly 500 visitors on Sunday, featured dances, singing and drum circles performed in ceremonial regalia. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 3 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VnewsUV.
I can often spend lots of time waiting for an assignment to start, or simply waiting for the person I need to photograph to show up. Recently that is just what I was doing in Chelsea — waiting for the road crew to return to the town garage because they were out working on the roads. Painter Alonzo Kidder, of Hardwick, Vt., was also waiting. He had just finished painting a door at the Chelsea Country Store and was waiting for more paint to arrive.
A recent search through the archive gave me occasion to pause over two images taken over the last year. Both are scenes where the smallest detail gives each image its life. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Friday at 2:40 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VnewsUV.
From the archive: Officials get a tour of the Interstate 89 project underway in Lebanon near the U.S. Route 4 exit on October 13, 1965. Valley News — Larry McDonald Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.
Here’s a tidy little example of how the presence of a photographer or journalist will always affect the situations being photographed or reported. Photographers, and in particular photojournalists, are constantly trying to transform the motion, emotion, color, shape and information around us into a tight little visual package that viewers will see and relate to. The goal is simple: to honestly and accurately present what we see, in a way that will connect to the viewer. Don’t change the scene. Don’t direct the subjects. That’s
An American toad crosses Plaza Heights Road in West Lebanon on Saturday. Wet roads from the day’s rain allowed for amphibians to travel. See the upcoming Sunday Valley News for more about the crossings. Or follow this link to hear their music. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 4:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.