Valley’s waterways fill new photo book

  • Lebanon’s Rivermill Complex after a December snow, from Travis S. Paige’s book “Water of the Upper Valley.” (Travis S. Paige photograph) Travis S. Paige photographs

  • Blow-Me Down Mill, Cornish. (Travis S. Paige photograph) Travis S. Paige photograph

  • Hanover Center Reservoir. (Travis S. Paige photograph)

  • Enfield Reservoir, Harris Brook, Enfield. (Travis S. Paige photograph)

  • Blue heron, Post Pond, Lyme. (Travis S. Paige photograph)

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    Brent Paige, 9, looks through "A Place Abandoned," a photographic exploration of the Densmore Brick Yard, by his father Travis Paige, right, at their home in Lebanon, N.H., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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    Photographer Travis Paige is the author of the new book "Water of the Upper Valley." Paige describes his process as meticulous and he enjoys spending time examining the locations where he photographs. "If I have any spare time, I'm packing up and Google Earthing a place I haven't been before," he said. at home in Lebanon, N.H., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — James M. Patterson

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 2/8/2019 10:12:30 PM
Modified: 2/11/2019 2:54:40 PM

In a way, the scenes in Travis Paige’s new book are nothing special. Stands of pine trees laced in mist, milky brooks pouring over rocks, gleaming ponds that duplicate the quilt-batting clouds above, a waterfall with a carapace of ice — if you live around here, you can see almost any of them you like with your own eyes.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize what’s right around them in the Upper Valley,” said Paige, 51, who grew up in Claremont and lives in Lebanon with his wife and three children.

Capturing the images, however, was no walk in the park. Paige spent hundreds of hours exploring trails and fields, wandering around the overgrown edges of ponds, scuttling down embankments, sitting around waiting for the perfect slant of shadow or hue of light and then returning to do it all over again.

“A lot of these pictures I’ve taken, I’m literally standing in the middle of the stream even in the winter time to get the shots,” said Paige, whose book, Water of the Upper Valley, came out in December. “A lot of times I spend hours in one spot.”

Other times, Paige had to tussle with nature to get the perspective he wanted. For one of his photos, which shows the back side of a local river mill, “you’ve got to get out of the car and climb down a bank and get some ticks on you and get your feet wet,” he said.

Paige doesn’t mind though. A marketing and sales technician for Tarm Biomass in Orford, he took up photography as a hobby about eight years ago, when his wife bought him a camera for their anniversary, renewing a passion he’d nurtured before he got busy with a full-time job and family. Around the same time, he took up trail running. The thrill of discovering new places and then capturing their beauty drove him outdoors in all kinds of weather, weekend after weekend.

Paige found himself especially drawn to water and its dynamic nature. Shooting thousands of photos over the years, he decided he wanted to do what fewer and fewer people are doing in the digital era: print them. “Everybody takes pictures and everybody has them online,” Paige said. “I’m still amazed when I have stuff printed.”

The book, which is available online at travispaigephotography.com/Publications, is a high-quality, hardcover publication and comes in a traditional coffee-table size or an 8x10 version printed on lower-grade paper. Individual prints are available for order, too.

Along with well-known bodies of water such as Mascoma Lake and the Connecticut River, the book gives quieter locales such as Bicknell Brook in Enfield their due and features a few close-up shots of wildlife as well.

“I thought it would be interesting to people in the area,” said Paige, who also does a bit of freelance photography for trail races, weddings and other events.

Mostly, though, Paige created the book for the pure joy of it. Along with seeking out new locales and angles, he loves experimenting with different equipment and techniques. The hard part, he said, was selecting which photos to include in the book.

“I take thousands of pictures a month,” he said. “It’s just what I like to do.”

Sarah Earle can be reached at searle@vnews.com and 603-727-3268.

Correction

A photograph by Travis Paige that appeared in Saturday's Valley News depicted Lebanon’s Rivermill complex after a December snow. A photo caption accompanying an earlier version of this story incorrectly described the photograph.




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