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.
Together with Trinity College professor Pablo Delano (at right) members of the Crouch family (from left is Doris Crouch and her children Jackie Lagana and Lance Crouch) meet to discuss a famous 1940 Thanksgiving Day photograph titled “Pumpkin Pies and Thanksgiving Dinner At The House of Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerene Quaker, Ledyard, Connecticut, November 1940″ at the Austin Arts Center’s Widener Gallery on the Trinity campus in Hartford. The photograph was taken by Prof. Delano’s father, Jack Delano, who had been commissioned by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to document rural life in the U.S. during the Great Depression. After recognizing the photograph in a CTNow insert announcing the exhibit of Jack Delano’s photographs, Lagana contacted Prof. Delano by email to give him the back story from that day 74 years ago. She indicates that the central figure in the photograph and the sole surviving member in the image, her Aunt Jane, is now 91-years-old and lives in Cromwell. Prof. Delano. invited Lagana and her family to meet with him and to view his father’s exhibit on the Trinity campus. Lagana says that Jack Delano graciously shared several other photographs with the family that he had taken that day. The exhibit “JACK DELANO | Photographer (1914-1997) | A Centenial Celebration Exhibition” can be viewed through March 14 at the Widener Gallery at Trinity College.
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Fire truck water cannons inaugurate American Airlines flight 1353 which offers non-stop service from Bradley Int’l to LAX. I used the Instagram app to evoke a 1960′s feel to the glistening jet and event which also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a cake… stuff reminiscent of that Golden Age of passenger flight.
Tribal nations from across the Northeast Region gathered for the 21st Annual Feast of Green Corn & Dance at the Mashantucket Cultural Grounds Sunday afternoon at the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Eastern Connecticut.
Tommy Ninigret Harris, 31, and his girlfriend Christina Strano, 26, exchange a nose kiss just before Harris competes in the men’s northern traditional dance category at the Feast of Green Corn & Dance at the Mashantucket Cultural Grounds. Harris says both he and Strano are descendents of the Nipmuc tribe.
They fled their rural Burmese homeland and have since created an improbable urban oasis here in Hartford. The diversity of herbs, fruits and vegetables cultivated by the Karen People is impressive: papaya, bok choy, waterleaf, lemongrass, sorrel… An ethnic, persecuted minority also known as the Karen Tribe, this refugee community has taken root in Hartford.
For a project titled The Hartford Urban Man, Joyce Bolaños and Carmen Arroyo of Viva Hartford Media earlier this year surveyed 100 single males, ages 21 to 40 who live in the city. Intending to debunk the stereotype of the young urban male, Bolaños and Arroyo interviewed guys who normally do not make news headlines or police blotters. They questioned why these men choose to live and work in Hartford. They also asked about birth control, monogamy and what men look for in a partner, among other topics. In collaboration with Viva Hartford Media and The Hartford News, I produced studio portraits and a companion video of a dozen of the men surveyed. While viewing the photo gallery, you can read excerpts of each interview by clicking on the caption icon at the upper right of each image.
Favorite things about Hartford: Nightlife. Bushnell Park. The people. The diversity. The women. Green spaces. West Indian culture. The city’s historic architecture. Proximity to Bradley International. Constitution Plaza. Hartford Hospital staff. Small-town feel. Trinity College. Bars and restaurants.
Monogamous or Play the Field? Condom Use? 68 percent prefer monogamy, 18 percent choose to play the field, 14 percent say they are undecided on monogamy. On condom use, 63 percent say they use condoms, 25 percent say they don’t, 12 percent report occasional use.
What is the Hartford Urban Man initially looking for in a partner? 43 percent say they first look for sexy, elegant and physical attributes; 34 percent say personality, especially someone extroverted, loyal and humorous; 18 percent say stability; 5 percent say a certain level of education.
Wish List: Tropical island vacation. 93-inch TV. A day off. Dodge Charger SRT8. Rosetta Stone software. Be with family. Go home to Virginia. Stress-free life. Good health. Help others. Someone to love me for who I am. Rims for my car. World peace. Spend more time with loved ones. Create more memories to last me another year. Happiness, joy and peace. New iPad. To be able to have one more day with my godmother who passed away.
BRISTOL, CT – 12.12.2005 – In December 2005, Aaron Hernandez is selected as the Hartford Courant’s defensive high school football player of the year. Below: ATTLEBORO, MA – 6.26.2013 – Ex-New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez is escorted in to Attleboro district court to be arraigned on multiple charges in connection with the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Photographs by Patrick Raycraft
Last Thursday I bobbed and weaved above Hartford in the open-air cabin of the MetLife blimp. On our way back from photographing above the Travelers Championship we were afforded skyline vistas of the capital city. The day featured low humidity and incredible visibility. To give you an idea of the skill of the pilot and our steadiness in the sky, I was able to shoot all of these images full-frame without the need to crop any of them.
Mendonsa describes sailors breaking showcase windows in Times Square, reaching in and taking fur coats for their dates. He was in New York City on his first date with his future wife and scheduled to fly back to his ship in San Francisco that night. They were watching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall when it was announced that the Japanese had surrendered. The couple headed to the streets and eventually to Childs Bar.
Stepping back from the celebration, Mendosa describes a Japanese airstrike five months earlier in which hundreds of sailors aboard a ship in his fleet, the USS Bunker Hill, were injured or killed. “They jumped off by the hundreds and we loaded our ship up with men that we pulled out of the water. Later in the day we met with the hospital ship the Solace and we transferred the wounded. I always remember that. I saw (what) those nurses did that day… and I saw that nurse in Times Square so I grabbed her and I kissed her. I honestly believe that if that girl did not have a nurses’ uniform on that day I never would have done that.”
I am continually reminded of the incredible people I encounter with my camera. A Cornell graduate and Pratt & Whitney economist, Javier Soto likes to hit the batting cages this time of year with his Little Brother, Alex. “One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is going out for batting practice with Alex. Something very simple, right?” While his Ivy education and job title speak for themselves, they don’t paint a full picture of Javier. Exceptional mentor. Yankees fan. Maybe a Red Sox fan? Car show aficionado. “It’s about spending quality time together,” Javier tells me in our interview. “And that’s how things change, right?”