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Waiting to Work

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.

Hidden Gems (2 Photos)

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: Interstate 89 Under Construction

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.

‘Photographers Know They Are Not Invisible’

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

Why Did the Toad Cross the Road?

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.

From the Archive: Lillian Gish

From the archive: Silent film star Lillian Gish talks to a television reporter near the Wilder Dam in April 1979 — Gish received the first Dartmouth Film Award for her contributions to motion pictures. She starred in the 1920 movie Way Down East, directed by D.W. Griffith. The movie’s climax, on ice floes on the White River, was filmed in Hartford Village. Valley News — Larry McDonald ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 3 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Waiting on the River

John Stevens, of East Burke, Vt., sits on a big rock while the Wells River crashes by. Stevens had friends racing in a kayak race in Wells River on April 19. Stevens was waiting because the start of the race had been delayed. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

The Tax Man

Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, David Spaulding waves to cars in West Lebanon on tax day. Spaulding has been working Liberty Tax for about two weeks — on the rainy day taxes are due, he said his shoes were soaked. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Black is the New Black in Burlington

While walking home with Hartland, Vt., native Miro Weinberger after a day on the job as the mayor of Burlington, the evening light caught the attitude of a distinct couple in a storefront. The comparatively busy street life of Vermont’s largest city presented this passing snapshot opportunity. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

From the Archive: Governor Lane Dwinell

From the archive: New Hampshire governor Lane Dwinell in a May 1974 photograph. Valley News — Larry McDonald ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.