Capturing the good times

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Throughout the year, the Gazette’s staff photographers take thousands of photos. They selected their favorites from 2019 and discussed why they left such an impact.,Taking on two doctoral programs — while pregnant with twins Talia Gillis was so lovely and agreed to be photographed at nine months pregnant … with twins. She was also juggling two doctoral programs and a toddler. The plan was to publish before the babies were born, but things happened fast and we were invited over to meet her husband and see these beautiful newborns.She received a lot of heartwarming notes from other Harvard moms — the support network at Harvard is amazing. I was happy to be able to share this story with our audience. Hoping to follow up!— Rose Lincoln,Harvard officer recreates photo with student taken 15 years agoHarvard University Police Officer Charles “Chuck” Marren met with first-year student Crystal Wang 15 years after he was photographed holding her during her first visit to Harvard when she was a toddler. We orchestrated a reunion and it was such a touching moment; Crystal was so thoughtful, bringing a copy of the original photo from 2004 and a handwritten letter, and Chuck was visibly moved. We started with a portrait of the two together just as they had been 15 years before, and then Crystal hopped onto Chuck’s Harley Davidson, and this sweet lighthearted moment transpired.— Stephanie Mitchell,A study in studyingIn Harvard Yard, Ben Zeisberg ’23 studies near Holworthy Hall. I enjoy finding situations where formal visual elements are a tribute to the themes and subjects found in the tradition of modern art. Here, I saw sharp autumn light stretching across a rainbow of Common Spaces chairs while looming trees cast deep shadows. As the student concentrates on his research, a dog pulls away from his leash in the background.— Kris Snibbe,Harvard grad sprints to finish, breaking NCAA record along the wayI photographed Crimson track star Gabby Thomas for one of the Gazette’s senior Commencement profiles last spring. The previous year Thomas had become the first NCAA sprint champion in Ivy League history, setting a new national collegiate record in the 200 meters. She forsook her senior year of eligibility to turn professional, signing a contract with New Balance.I initially thought I might photograph Gabby at the outdoor track at dusk, so I could get her with a setting sun. But the weather was cold, with light rain falling, so we moved indoors. I noticed a large “H” and the words “Harvard Track and Field” on the back wall and decided that would be my background. Ideally, I would capture her running between the two, so they both would be visible I also knew I wanted to shoot her at a slow shutter speed, combined with the studio flash, to produce an effect known as “ghosting.”I warned Gabby this process was a lot of repetition, with several criteria necessary to get the photo I wanted. Finally, after at least 30 takes, and with Gabby getting a full workout, we had our picture. It was definitely a team effort!— Jon Chase,Schuyler Bailar races toward his authentic selfTransgender swimmer Schuyler Bailar ’19 came to Harvard recruited for the women’s team and became a member of the men’s team. He’s a fierce advocate for transgender people and rights. We worked together to get this powerful image of him. I’m proud to be part of his cause in this small way.— Rose Lincoln,William Kaelin wins Nobel Prize in physiology or medicineEvery year, we watch the Nobel Prize week for any winners with a connection to Harvard, and first thing Monday at 5:30 a.m., William G. Kaelin Jr., the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was announced as one of three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. As soon as I heard his name, I raced to Kaelin’s home in Boston and photographed him. After I took his portrait, he began fielding calls from the media and stepped into his living room. I enjoyed this solitary moment, with the lights not yet turned on, and his form silhouetted in the morning light. This image, as he quietly processes the gravity of the moment, stands in contrast to his experience just a few hours later, when he would be speaking from a podium surrounded by the press and lauded by his peers.— Stephanie Mitchell,Harvard chess tournament drew amateurs and masters alikeI first visited Harvard when I was 13, and I was fascinated by the chess players who gathered in the heart of Harvard Square. When I later came to the area for college, I used to sit and play, enjoying the stories of the players from all over the world. Now I find myself racing by the tables between assignments, but every once in a while I am able to stop and watch the matches. During a Community Chess Weekend at the Smith Campus Center, this frame captured Ridvan Sakir, who finished third in the competition, in deep concentration.— Stephanie Mitchell,Harvard first-years participate in the 2019 Annual Day of ServiceThis photo is of first-year students participating in a Day of Service at Winship Elementary School in Brighton, painting a rainbow in the girls’ bathroom. I shot multiple frames of this scene, most from the side with students’ faces visible, but gravitated toward the back, wanting to include all the different-colored paint cans in my frame. The different colors of paint, as well as the diversity of the students, reinforce the theme of inclusivity that the rainbow represents.— Jon Chase,Frames of mind:  A window onto Harvard’s campusFrosted squares on Pound Hall windows accent fall foliage at Harvard Law School. I am interested in photographing spontaneously to create a dialogue with other artistic media, such as pop art. I hope that my photographs can ask questions that give the viewer a chance to see the world differently. The meaning of a photograph is also affected by being showcased with other images. For example, the dozens of gray squares in this photo contrast with the array of rainbow flags in the next image.The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health pays tribute to diversity inside Building 2 by displaying the bisexual flag (from left), the pride flag, and the transgender flag — all with a description of their artistic origins. With my camera, I try to explore layers of visual and cultural meaning to make photographs that foster social and environmental change. Here, I saw a researcher passing between translucent flags while ascending a staircase back to his laboratory.— Kris Snibbe,An ode to autumn as cold weather descendsI had been photographing in the Yard trying to wrap up a photo gallery about fall on campus. I noticed the multi-colored chairs clustered together, almost conjuring a group having an intimate conversation. The fallen red and yellow leaves littering the entire scene seemed like confetti marking the end of a party. I wanted a human figure to complete the feeling of people leaving the chairs behind, and as luck would have it, a stroller with an umbrella walked past, and I had my shot.— Jon Chaselast_img read more

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Harman makes key adjustment in close singles win

first_img Comments Published on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Emily Harman had to get to the net. She was playing a match tiebreaker with the score tied at one at the end of the second set, and her groundstrokes simply would not win it. Not against Jessica Ahn’s consistent returns. But regardless of the speed of Ahn’s serves or the regularity of Ahn’s shots, Harman realized if she was to win, she couldn’t sit back. She needed to attack her opponent. The opportunity to dictate plays while putting away volleys was crucial.‘She’s always going to be an extremely aggressive player, in all facets,’ SU head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘She’s always looking to end the points on her own terms.’From there on out Harman attacked the net every time she had a chance. Instead of waiting at the baseline, she sprinted five strides forward.That’s where her game was. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHarman’s change to that aggressive style caught her opponent off guard and secured a 6-1, 6-7 (6), 10-4 win Wednesday. In Syracuse’s 6-1 team victory over Army, Harman’s match provided just about the only excitement of the day. Aside from a loss for co-captain Simone Kalhorn, the Orange cruised to its 10th straight victory, dropping only three sets on the day.Harman, still residing far from the net, appeared to be on course for an easy victory after winning her first set. Assistant coach Shelley George said she was hitting first serves and keeping her opponent on her heels. But the second set got away from her. The attack simply wasn’t there. ‘(Ahn) won the first game of the second set, which in tennis is big if you haven’t won much in the first set,’ Harman said. ‘And I think she made a couple of lucky shots that got her confidence going and then her game started clicking a lot more than in the first set. I made some errors and didn’t execute as well as I did in the first set, which allowed her back in.’Harman came back from being down 5-2 to force a second-set tiebreaker. She started shifting into a serve-and-volley game more. But with that, her returns became tentative. She hadn’t completely made the shift yet, though, losing the second set.Then, instead of playing a third set, Harman and Ahn played a tiebreaker to 10 because Syracuse had already won enough singles matches and the doubles point to have clinched a team victory. Her volleys and serve had just one tiebreaker to stand out.‘(Volleying) is what I like,’ Harman said. ‘A very big strength in my game is to take the first serve and rock it and then just finish the point. Make the point short, attack and the way that I attack is to get to net. And my hands are good and I play to my strength.’This strength manifested itself in several points in the match tiebreaker. Ahn was unable to return two of Harman’s serves, hitting one into the net and one deep. Three points were decided when Harman hit winning volleys past Ahn. She angled volleys so Ahn could not reach them before they flew out of bounds. On the second-to-last point, with the score 9-3, Ahn saw Harman at net and started to sneak forward herself. But that’s where Harman wanted the game to be. That’s where her game resides.Unperturbed, Harman hit a volley past Ahn. Had Ahn been at the baseline — where she spent most of the match — she could have kept the point alive.Ahn didn’t, and two points later, Harman closed out the match. All because of that switch.‘I thought she played awesome,’ Kalhorn said. ‘She was being so aggressive and coming to net and not even giving the other girl a chance really.’[email protected]last_img read more

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Chuba Hubbard says speaking out turned his social media into a ‘playground for hate’

first_imgThe Cowboys player also called for the resignation of Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater in a tweet he’s since deleted. In the tweet, Hubbard said Prater “overstepped his position by allowing police brutality and excessive force to continue against demonstrators exercising the First Amendment in Oklahoma City, OK.”MORE: 2020 college football bowl projectionsHe sent a few additional tweets saying Prater “is abusing his power as an elected official.” He also called on his followers to call Prater’s office and “1. Drop all charges against demonstrators, 2. End qualified immunity, 3. Re-open the Isaiah Lewis case, 4. End cash bail, and 5. Resign.” Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard is staying off social media for a while.Hubbard tweeted a statement Tuesday saying that his social media pages have turned into a “playground for hate” since he’s been more vocal on issues this offseason. Hubbard first gained attention when he threatened to hold out this upcoming football season after his coach, Mike Gundy, was seen wearing an OAN shirt. After his tweets started to gain traction, Hubbard deactivated his social media accounts. He later reinstated them, but said in a statement that he’s going to stay off the platforms for now.Peace be with you all 🖤 pic.twitter.com/u5leqHVfao— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) July 21, 2020″I have never incited or promoted violence or hate. All I’ve done is voice my opinion on issues I feel are not ethical! I love all,” Hubbard wrote in his statement. “Even those that don’t see eye to eye with me! I will continue to play football at the highest level! That won’t ever stop! But I also won’t stop pushing for what I feel is right! With that being said .. I have noticed my social media has become a playground for hate. That’s the last thing I ever wanted to happen! I am a man, a Black man, a human. Everything I’ve ever said or done in my life I own! All the love and hate I own!”Hubbard opened the door to a return to Twitter, but for the time being he’s staying away.last_img read more

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