Hundreds turned out Friday at the XL Center seeking free dental care offered by hundreds of volunteers.
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.
Two New York City buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing three people, injuring at least 36, and setting off a search for more victims feared trapped in the rubble. The explosion scattered debris across Metro North tracks stopping service on the commuter line that passes in front of the destroyed buildings.
Photo by REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Follow the Tunxis Trail in Barkhamsted two miles and discover the Indian Council Caves, a geological formation of giant boulders where legend has it that Native Americans held meetings there.
Large slabs of granite form a courtyard with gaps between the bolders forming caves.
- 06.03.2013 – Nathan Mojica, 6, gets the bow to his violin before playing in a recital Monday at the Burns School on Hartford Monday. The recital is the culmination of a semester long after school music program called Citymusic sponsored by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the school. Students played the drums, violin, trumpet, recorder and sang for parents and classmates of the program.
5.10.2013 Mystic Seaport president, Steve White, left, and director of the shipyard Quentin Snediker, right, celebrate a milestone after the last plank was nailed to the hull of the Seaport’s Charles W. Morgan 1841 whaling ship in Mystic Friday afternoon. The ship has been in the preservation shipyard since November 2008 when a complete restoration of the ship began. Restoration is to be completed in 2014.
Shipwright Matt Barnes drives home a spike into the last plank closing in the hull of the Mystic Seaport’s Charles W. Morgan.
Shipwrights and visitors applaud Mystic Seaport president Steve White during ceremonies marking an important milestone in the restoration of the Mystic’s whaling ship Charles W.Morgan. The last plank closing in the hull was nailed into place.
Mystic Seaport shipwright Matt Barnes drives home a spike into the last plank closing in the hull of the Seaport’s Charles W. Morgan 1841 whaling ship in Mystic Friday afternoon. The ship has been in the preservation shipyard since November 2008 when a complete restoration of the ship began. Restoration is to be completed in 2014.