03.26.2014 – West Hartford, Ct – Editing a video to be broadcast on West Hartford Community Television, students Kate Chritton, 9, and Avi Jacobs, 9, work with mentor Sophya Esponda during a Be The Media workshop sponsored by WHC-TV and held at the West Hartford Public Library. Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
East Catholic boys and Capital Prep girls came out of Mohegan Sun Arena State Champions on Saturday. East Catholic defeated Weaver 87-60. Capital Prep defeated Weaver 69-53.
Game Photos are HERE
Lori Riley’s Capital Prep story is HERE.
Tom Yantz’s East Catholic story is HERE.
Photographers show up hours before POTUS is to arrive. We must pass security. That takes time. We get wanded by magnetometers and inspected by bomb sniffing dogs. We are ushered, guided, and ordered by secret service and handlers. And then we wait.
On some Connecticut visits Courant photographers are designated “pool photographers” granting them better access to the president on the condition that we share whatever we photograph with other media. We join the traveling press corps and ride in the official motorcade. The status grants us closer and more fluid movement around the president. Somewhat closer that our colleagues standing in the back of the room.
Presidents arrive in a flash of activity like a midsummer thunderstorm . The police, secret service, politicians and the traveling press arrive at once. Then POTUS arrives. And as quickly as he arrives, he leaves. The police, secret service and traveling press leave too.
My first experience photographing President Jimmy Carter was not a success.
I knew President Jimmy Carter liked to press the flesh. He would wander up to shake, squeeze, wave, touch and smile his way down along line of fans pressed against the barricades, eager to be close to the most powerful man in the country. I’ve seen it. I wanted to photograph that ritual up close when he came to Hartford December 10th, 1978.
I planted myself at the fence hours before he was to arrive. The crowds grew. So did the excitement. Soon people were standing 4 deep behind me.
We all waited together.
He got out of his limo surrounded by politicians and Secret service and raised his right hand in a wistful way to acknowledge the crowd. Then he was gone, ushered into the Hartford Hilton in one swift smooth motion. The idea for the picture didn’t work this time.
I got a picture of his arm and the back of his hand. That was my first attempt at photographing a visiting president.
2014.03.11 – Hartford, Ct – (L-R) Cindy Satkowski of Ellington, Myléne Claire Poitras, of Middletown, Henry Strom of Portland, Carlie Klimkiewicz of Ellington, Katie O’Neil of Glastonbury and Nicole Folio of Stafford Springs participate in a Laughter yoga class led Tuesday night by Laura Le at Hartford ArtSpace. Asked by Le to describe how they felt during a class-ending exercise, answers ranged from “relaxed,” “very much less stress,” “invigorated,” and “peaceful.” Laughter Yoga was created in the mid-1990’s by Dr. Madan Kataria, in Mumbia, India, has grown to include 6,000 laughter clubs in 65 countries. Photograph by Mark Mirko | email@example.com
2014.03.05 – Meridan, Ct – Forensic Science Examiner Jill Therriault pulls a handgun from a firing chamber after firing the weapon to retrieve it’s bullets to identify marks left by the guns barrel. Since December, 2012, with the appointment of a new director, Guy Vallaro, the Crime Lab has experienced a clear reduction in backlogged cases in and clear increases in efficiencies. Said Vallaro, “In addition, we’re acutely aware of the victims associated with all of these crimes and all of the case work that comes our way. And we understand that we impact their lives and it’s important to us that we return our analysis in a timely fashion so justice can come to them.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
2014.02.14 Windsor Locks,ct – “The stupid snow is making it hard to skate lately,” said Kyle Roberts, 16, of Windsor Locks. Roberts, who is out of school for February break, said that he hadn’t jumped trash cans in front of his house before but because his usual skating places are covered in snow this idea seemed liked a good alternative. Photograph by Mark Mirko | email@example.com
02.07.2014 – Storrs, Ct – Four years ago Tim Isselee of Bethel, Ct, saw a video that inspired him to learn how how to do backflip while riding a snowboard. “I fell in love with doing flips into powder,” he says. After classes yesterday afternoon, the UConn Physical Therapy student started piling snow on the side of Horsebarn Hill to build a 4-foot ramp “with a strong lip for flips.” It took long enough to build that by the time he was done it was dark and Isselee only got in a few runs. Today after classes, with the sun falling behind Horsebarn Hill but with enough light for riding, Isselee hit his ramp saying, “I spent all day in class daydreaming,” Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
2014.01.06. – Shelton, CT – John Barber (above), who heard shouts of “Johnny! Fire! Johnny! Get Out!” before fleeing his burning third-floor apartment early this morning, looks over the smoldering remains of the building that was once his home and housed about half a dozen businesses and 24 apartments. Firefighters rescued about 30 people from the building, five have been treated for smoke inhalation and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Photograph by Mark Mirko | email@example.com
2014.01.02. – Storrs, CT – “I work out everyday at the gym but this is the workout for today.” says Sumbleen Ali of Lahore, Pakistan, (right) as she shovels snow from Nancy Rohner’s (left) driveway. Ali, a UConn graduate student from Lahore, Pakistan, is living at Rohner’s home while pursuing a graduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies at UConn. Experiencing snow for the first time she says, “The winter at home is like summer in Connecticut.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
2013.12.30. – West Hartford, CT – “An important element of doing public art is that we get to interact with the public while we’re doing it. ” says Hartford artists Tao LaBossier (right), “I love to inspire people to take an interest in their own creative self-expression.” LaBossier and fellow Hartford artist Sarah Paolucci are painting the ceiling of the Pond House Cafe with “Hundreds of feet of rose vines, thousands of rose leaves and hundreds of roses” as “an homage to the Eliazbeth Park Rose Garden” says LaBossier. Photograph by Mark Mirko | email@example.com