When I walked into the Hartford Courant for the first time in the summer of 2009 to start a photojournalism internship, I had no idea I’d gained a new family and almost three years of adventures to follow. I was only supposed to stay for ten weeks. After covering two consecutive Final Fours, several blizzards, […]

Generations of Syrup

Walking into the Winding Brook Sugar House in Hebron, you’ll be greeted by two things: Gibson, a happy yellow lab limping with age, and the condensation from the steaming evaporator dripping onto your shoulders and hair. Owner Wayne Palmer is the fourth generation in his family to carry on the tradition of boiling sap into […]

Traditions – Black History at the North End Senior Center

Holidays are always big affairs at the North End Senior Center in Hartford, but Black History Month is a special tradition. As guests began arriving for a celebration on Friday, February 17th, jazz music — played by legendary Hartford pianist Emery Smith — streamed from an upright piano in the common room, inviting hoots, hollers […]

UConn beats Villanova in Overtime

UConn started looking like UConn again last night as they pulled out some tricks to beat Villanova 73-70 in overtime, lifted by a last-second, almost 30-ft three by Shabazz Napier and career-high 32 points from Jeremy Lamb at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. (click the ” i ” on the gallery for captions). Read […]

Be My Valentine

“Love is a madness; if thwarted it develops fast.” – Mark Twain, The Memorable Assassination Here are some of the best pictures from our Valentine’s Day coverage at the Courant.  

‘Threads’ – a performance in Hartford City Hall

The atrium was hushed after a short introduction and in a circle of plastic chairs, about forty people awaited the start of the show. Two actors, masked and shirtless, emerged from the grand staircase, and under majestic architecture, began in a silent embrace. All of this, in the people’s building, Hartford City Hall. Under a […]

Staff Favorites of 2011

Each year brings new experiences, surprises and acquaintances that make our job the best position in the business. Thank you for being along for the ride – here are our favorite images of 2011 and the stories behind them. • • • • • • Patrick Raycraft I made this photograph of Hartford’s Park Street […]