Much Ado

One of my daughter’s favorite parts of summer is being a part of The Chelsea Funnery’s Shakespeare camp. Over two weeks, the teenagers learn and do two performances of The Bard’s plays. This year it was his comedy Much Ado About Nothing. I’m always impressed with how much they accomplish in a short time! Here’s a few of my favorites — follow this link to see even more.

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

Performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Chelsea Funnery Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vt., on July 22, 2016. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

More Funnery

For the past two weeks, my daughter has been a part of the Get Thee to The Funnery Shakespeare Camp in Chelsea, Vt. It’s her third year, and each summer her passion for the camp grows. Guided by their passionate camp directors, over two dozen teens learn and produce a play in just two weeks! This year, there were two performances of Romeo and Juliet indoors and out. Follow this link to see more in the Galleries section of my web site.

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Old & New

I recently placed an order to upgrade the digital SLR cameras I have used for many assignments, book projects, portraits and weddings. In the same week, I bought a little rangefinder camera at a flea market. One camera costs more than a nice vacation, the other half the price of a movie ticket. I’m excited to use all of them for future projects!

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A horse and barn in Tunbridge, Vt., are starkly shown in a photograph taken with an Olympus-35 EC2 on Ilford XP2 film.

Happy Holiday

This Christmas Eve, I brought my camera to the Tunbridge Church’s annual service, which concludes with the sanctuary filled with candlelight and song. About 12 hours later, I photographed a father and mother’s reactions to their children’s excitement on Christmas morning. It’s rewarding to witness such special moments with my camera.

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From top: At the conclusion of the annual Christmas pageant, Rev. Deadra Ashton leads the congregation in the singing of ‘Silent Night’ by candelight at the Tunbridge Church in Tunbridge, Vt.; John and Crystal Harlow watch as their children Morgan, 14, and Brady, 8, look at presents they unwrapped in their West Lebanon, N.H., apartment.

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Made by You

Last weekend, my daughter’s eighth-grade class held the Made by You holiday fair at Tunbridge Central School to raise money for their class trip to Washington D.C. Friends and family of the students chipped in to help attendees make gifts, take horse rides and eat delicious food. I lent a hand with portraits, which was a lot of fun. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Make a Wish

As Santa and Mrs. Claus, Euclid and Priscilla Farnham returned to the Tunbridge Public Library for their 35th annual visit to hear what the children would like for Christmas. Many braved the inclement weather for the visit!

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Then & Now

Coming up on Sunday, Nov. 9, my show Tunbridge: Then and Now will be opening at the Tunbridge Public Library, running until Jan. 4 next year. Working with Tunbridge Historical Society President Euclid Farnham, we found 30 photos from the society’s archives that show how the town has changed or stayed the same over the past century. I then photographed the same places in the past few months. I enjoyed the time I spent with Euclid, hearing his stories of about the town and people he has known over the years. There’s a reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. I hope to see you there!

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The diptych “Tunbridge Fair: Parade of Livestock – 1920; Antique Tractor Pull – 2014.” Courtesy Tunbridge Historical Society.

The Tempest

This weekend, I enjoyed seeing Shakespeare’s The Tempest staged by a talented group of teenagers who were part of the two-week theater camp Get Thee To The Funnery in Chelsea, Vt. The kids’ ability to learn their roles in such a short time is so impressive! My daughter is looking forward to returning next summer for her third year.
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Arts Day 2014

On May Day, I was invited back to teach a photo class at the Orange Windsor Supervisory Union’s third annual Arts Day in Chelsea, Vt. Middle school students from the district’s five schools signed up for classes in calligraphy, dance, drawing, painting and photography. I had ten students in my class, with two exchange students assisting me. After I showed them my work, we roamed around town to do photos — their work, shown below in a slideshow, was most impressive!

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