The most memorable photographs of the year are not always associated with the biggest or most important stories. Sometimes it’s an unusual view of something ordinary, an expression or emotion, an engaging personality or the story behind the photo that makes it special. We asked our staff photographers to select some of their favorite photos from the past year to share again, and tell us how they got the picture.
Ken Yuszkus was born and raised in the Merrimack Valley. He attended the Art Institute of Boston and Montserrat College of Art, where he studied fine art and photography. Later he studied graphic design at UMass Lowell. He has worked as a news photographer for The Eagle Tribune Publishing Co. since 1973 and is currently a Salem News staff photographer. Through the years, he has seen many changes in the business, from shooting color slide and black-and-white film for more than 20 years to now shooting digital images.
Photographer’s take: From the corner of my eye, I saw a family in the crowd getting ready to take a photo at the beginning of the Danvers Fourth of July festivities. I turned to find the subjects of the photo making faces. I had just enough time to get a few shots off before the expressions disappeared.
Photographer’s take: I noticed a child who was really getting involved with blowing paint bubbles at an event held at the Salem Public Library. Her eyes got larger as she made more and more bubbles. I took several shots to get her eyes wide open.
Photographer’s take: The West Memorial School won an award for patriotism. The formal presentation would be in the future, but I was there to get a photo beforehand. Desperately thinking of a way to illustrate the upcoming award, I asked the principal if he had a flag. He found a couple and was willing to be photographed. I stood on a chair to get a different angle and used a wide-angle lens to accentuate the flag in the foreground. I liked the curve of the stripes on the flags going from one corner to the other. Principal Thomas Cornacchio’s expression, with his slightly turned head and his eyes aimed upward at the camera, help bring the photo together.