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Young Photographers: A Few of Their Favorite Things

  • Photographer Andrew Chen, 16, of Hanover, N.H., is a 10th-grader at Hanover High School. "My mom gave me this dream catcher on my 15th birthday as a keepsake from our trip to Arizona, which I hung from a lamp on my desk since I didn't have a suitable place by my bed. I like to imagine that it catches dreams for me while I'm awake: whenever I work at my desk and need inspiration, I can look up at it and daydream."

  • Photographer Grace Derksen, 17, of Norwich, Vt., is an 11th-grader at Hanover High School. "This is a silk neck scarf that I got in France while visiting my friend. It was in a bin of scarves for three euros apiece at a thrift store. This scarf is important to me because it reminds me of my friend even when she's not here with me."

  • Photographer Claire Yegian, 16, of Hanover, N.H., is an 11th-grader at Hanover High School. "This is a photo of a ring that my grandmother gave to me. It's important to me because I don't get to see my grandma very often anymore. She and I were always close when I was young, but now we live 2,000 miles apart which makes it more difficult to visit."

  • Photographer Rachel George, 16, of Hanover, N.H., is an 11th-grader at Hanover High School. "This is a photo of my dog Abby. She had been a part of my family for the past 10 years. She is very important to me, for the love from a dog is unconditional, nonjudgmental and never ending."

  • Photographer Oliver Parrado, 17, of Hanover, N.H., is an 11th-grader at Hanover High School. "It may be cliche or sad even, but one of my favorite things is my bed. After a long day full of stress, my bed is able to melt away any feelings of angst or worry that I may have. It's very much a necessity in my life."

  • Photographer Audrey Lee, 17, of Hartland, Vt., is a junior at Hanover High School. "When I first purchased Margery, my Squier Jazzmaster guitar, I received a lot of compliments on her 'buttery' sound - and a lot of flak for the 'cheap' Squier brand. Convinced that the logo on the headstock had no bearing on the buttery tone of my 'margarine guitar,' I slapped a 'Margery' sticker on top of it to keep gearheads at bay."

  • Photographer Margaret Wenger, 16, of Hanover, N.H., is a 10th-grader at Hanover High School. "I chose to take a picture of my dog Otis, because I wanted to show what a loveable and playful dog he is. He is a rescue from Tennessee, and I thought this would help change atitudes about rescue dogs, and show that they are just as loving and kind as every other dog."

  • Photographer Lyla Stettenheim, 17, of Norwich, Vt., is a 12th-grader at Hanover High School. "I love all the plants in my house because they add a pop of color to every room."

  • Charlotte Dennison, 18, of Strafford, Vt., is a senior at Hanover High School. "My mother has waited for nearly a decade to move to a farm. Now that she has it I have never seen her happier that is why I chose these baby goats as my favorite things because I know they make my mother happy."

  • Photographer Hellie Smith, 17, of Norwich, Vt., is a 12th-grader at Hanover High School. "This is a tin box that over the years I have poured tickets, stickers and note-worthy letters into. While it may not be big, I can look back at important events through this box."

  • Photographer Henry Kuvin, 17, of Lyme, N.H., is a senior at Hanover High School. "This photo is of my two dogs, Minnie and Buster, and they are my best friends. As cliché as that sounds, they make me so happy, especially when they run up to me after a long day at school."

  • Dillon Bradley, 17, of Hanover, N.H., is an 11th-grader at Hanover High School. "Nature has always been one of the most important things to me. When seeing a beautiful view like this, I am reminded of how important it is that we preserve and protect nature."


Monday, June 04, 2018

Following a prompt by Valley News photo and graphics editor Geoff Hansen, a dozen Hanover High School photography students submitted work for the third and final young photographers installment this year.

The subject is “Thing.” The photographs shown were selected for the variety of approaches the photographers took to their subjects. (The complete collection can be seen on the Valley News website, www.vnews.com.)

Kara Waters, who teaches photography as well as design and digital art at Hanover, said her students enjoyed submitting work for all three prompts (a person, a place and a thing that is most important to them).

“It was a good opportunity to help them think conceptually,” Waters said. “It goes beyond the classroom, and they love seeing their work published.”