Rest Stop

Vermont Gov. Howard Dean would occasionally stop by the Valley News offices to speak about issues he and the state were working with. When I noticed the governor had slipped off his shoes, I was pleased to get a different photograph from a predictable situation.

Vermont Gov. Howard Dean rests his feet while talking with the editorial board at the VALLEY NEWS in West Lebanon, N.H., in April 1994. Dean, who was a five-term governor, ran for president as a Democrat in 2004.

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

 

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Heyday

The other day, I received in the mail my signed copy of Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis that features Daniel Corrigan’s excellent photography. While I love music and photographing musicians and performances, Dan’s vast archive puts mine to shame. He has photographed countless bands who either started in the city or were traveling through. I knew Dan when I was a student at the University of Minnesota, and wanted to do his portrait with other photographers for an arts class in 1988. Dan invited to a magazine shoot he was doing with the band Soul Asylum in a South Minneapolis apartment. He was kind and patient as I fumbled my way through the shoot — I was pleasantly surprised to see the photo included in his book!

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While reading up on Dan’s book, I also found this interesting video Pitchfork did a year ago about him and his life.

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

 

Wild West

In the mid-1990s, my wife and I discovered the best remedy for Vermont’s mud season — a 10-day trip to Arizona, doing a lap of the state. The Grand Canyon is awesome for its size (277 miles long and 18 miles across at its widest point!) and for people watching. Two boys created their own version of the Wild West!

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Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

 

Changing Face

Twenty years ago, I did photographs of Hartford Village, Vt., for a Valley News profile of the changing face of the small community. I did pictures at a bait shop, Head Start program, the library, Bingo hall and at professional photo lab that was about to close. Since then, the majority of the small businesses focused on photography in the area are gone, replaced by smartphones and apps.

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Color printer Dennis Grady checks a print against a customer’s guide during a work day at Hathorn/Olson Photo Labs in Hartford, Vt., in Jan. 1996. After 10 years, the business closed to leave a commercial vacancy in the village.

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

 

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Godzilla vs. Mothra

Archival Quality is back! While browsing through my work this morning, I smiled while looking at a photo of our dog Lucy towering over our friend’s puppy Tootsie in 1994. Lucy looks like the star of many Japanese monster films because dogs play with such intensity! Taking pictures of her for fun eventually turned into one of my first books, My Life As a Dog, in 1999.

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

Primary Focus

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been searching the Valley News archives for the “Primary Focus” page published today. As a photographer at the paper for the past 26 years, I have been a part of New Hampshire primary coverage a few times. It’s interesting to be part of the exchange of ideas and the cult of personality. Here’s a few of my own favorites:

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Phil Gramm in Newport, N.H.
Bill Clinton & the Gennifer Flowers story
Dan Quayle in Woodsville, N.H.
Pat Buchanan and a cardboard George Bush

From top: Bernie Sanders gives an hour-long campaign speech to a full house at Dartmouth College’s Spaulding Auditorium on January 14, 2016; Hillary Clinton listens to an interviewer’s question during a November 2007 editorial board with the VALLEY NEWS; Phil Gramm shows off a finished shotgun while touring its manufacturing plant in Newport, N.H., in September 1995; The media anxiously waits to talk with Bill Clinton on February 12, 1992, the same the day a tabloid story accused him of having an affair; Vice President Dan Quayle heads for Woodsville High School’s gymnasium with his entourage during a January 1992 campaign appearance for the Bush/Quayle reelection campaign; Pat Buchanan plays to the media as he pretends to shake hands with a cardboard cutout of President Bush at a January 1992 Rotary meeting in White River Junction, Vt.

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Buffalo Gap

A few years ago while traveling through western South Dakota, my wife suggested we stop at the Buffalo Gap National Grassland to take a look. It’s the second largest preserved prairie in the country, but not a place I would have thought to stop (I grew up on the other side of the state). Looking at one of my photos now, I appreciate its expansiveness and imagine a time before Interstates and box stores.
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Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

 

Jessica & Adam

As their ceremony began in 2010, Jessica and Adam’s procession was announced with a family heirloom at the Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen, Vt. It definitely got everyone’s attention! Personal touches are what’s great about photographing wedding ceremonies.
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Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

 

Keeping Count

Nearly 20 years ago, I attended the Missouri Photo Workshop, a week-long documentary photography class run by the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Started in 1949, the workshop sends dozens of students and faculty to a different small Missouri town each year to spend a week telling stories. The year I went, we were in Trenton, Mo. The story I found was about David Schafer and Alice Dobbs, a young couple who were running a small farm with sheep, beef cattle, chickens and pigs. This is one of my favorites from the story; Alice got up on a fence post to count sheep in the pasture. It was also featured on the cover of the university’s alumni magazine a few years later, marking the workshop’s 50th anniversary!
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Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.

 

Ilaria & Seraphim

Ilaria and Seraphim’s wedding three years ago at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Claremont, N.H., was interesting to photograph with its unique traditions. Their reception at Ilaria’s childhood home in Strafford, Vt., was filled with music and celebration. In the photograph below, I stood in middle of a contra dance as family and friends enjoyed themselves!
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Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.