Monday, January 25, 2010

Slush Puppie

Found this while feature-hunting in a snowstorm. My editor asked that I avoid cute kids, so I went for my second-favorite feature standby. Also, this was my first time shooting Canon with any degree of seriousness. Those white lenses are good camouflage up here.

A dog peeks over a snow pile as flurries continue in Concord on Monday morning. The latest snowstorm is dropping snow in some places at the rate of an inch an hour. Snowy scenes from Concord, NH, on Martin Luther King Day, January 18, 2010. (Concord Monitor photo/Sarah Beth Glicksteen)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Christian Science Monitor at 8mm

Today was my last day at The Christian Science Monitor, after being their photo intern for over a year. It has been a privilege. I wrote an email to tell my colleagues that I am proud that the Monitor's thoughtful, thorough and hopeful approach to world news has helped to form my journalistic voice, and I meant it. I miss everyone already, but I'm excited to delve back into community journalism in my new gig at the Concord Monitor.

I'm feeling awfully sentimental, so I decided to balance that with some fisheye shots from the newsroom.

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From left: Alfredo Sosa, Director of Photography; Melanie Stetson Freeman, Chief Photographer; John Kehe, Art Director; a bulletin board featuring some cover mark-ups; and me with the photo staff minus Mary Knox who is en route to Haiti (that last photo's by John Kehe. See his foot?)

I also shot a couple at 35mm: Joanne & Alfredo enjoying my farewell lunch.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Someone Whose Job is Reportedly Slightly Better Than Mine

I was inspired by the Wall Street Journal list of Best and Worst Jobs in 2010, which lists Photojournalist just below Firefighter (numbers 189 and 188, respectively), to post a recent portrait of a fire chief I shot for the CSMonitor. I borrowed a technique from Sean Stipp, a colleague of mine from Pittsburgh who uses his garage as a studio (the open garage door acts like a giant softbox).

Shirley Fire Chief Dennis Levesque had to lay off four of six full-time firefighters and cut staffing from 24/7 to weekdays only. Photo by Sarah Beth Glicksteen/The Christian Science Monitor

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ana, Banana

I spent some holiday vacation days at Ana's family's house outside Bethlehem, Pa. It has a really interesting open floor plan and great light. It was snowy out and the interior of the house is almost all wood, so the whole experience was not unlike being in a sauna. I shot these from a walkway/balcony that overlooks the kitchen and living room. I also shot plenty of more normal photos. These two are kind of bizarre and I don't know why I like them, but I do.