Every photograph in Bob Eddy’s exhibition “A Second Look” tells a story. Steeplejack Jay Southgate clutching a huge weathervane is afloat on a snowy day – headed up to the vane’s lofty perch. Four children getting off a school bus are greeted by their principals on their first day of school. A breeze breathes life into a white prom dress hanging from the trim of a Victorian porch, as though the gown has already started dancing. “A Second Look,” featuring black and white photographs by Bob Eddy from the late 1980s to early 2000s, is being presented at the Chandler Gallery through Sept. 1. The images, all film photography, appeared first in The Herald of Randolph where Eddy has been on the staff since 1987. The newspaper’s darkroom, a space where Eddy spent many hours every week for years, has been recreated in the gallery – complete with enlarger and red light. “A community newspaper like ours is entrusted with an incredibly intimate view into people’s lives in the small towns we serve,” Eddy said. “It’s a role we take very much to heart. I’ve been privileged to record moments of triumph and achievement as well as great loss and despair. Everyday experiences and events, when seen through the lens and recorded for posterity can be astonishingly moving.” The photographs Eddy selected for the show capture a beautiful array of those moments. He brings his viewers to those past points in time. With his astute senses of timing and composition, the images also evoke more – connections to his subjects and universal and unique experiences. He’s there at the moment the breeze sways the prom dress; he stands behind Madeleine Kunin delivering her third State of the State Address; he’s with a revered Randolph postman on his last day at work when an elderly customer surprises him with a big farewell smooch. “Sometimes the arrangement of subject matter and the spaces and the lights and shadows of what you’re trying to convey, the design, comes together in the lens. Other times it’s a moment,” Eddy noted. Eddy studied design, drawing and painting at Middlebury College and Yale University, but credits his father-in-law, Roger Wonson, with introducing him to the darkroom. When he joined The Herald in the mid 1980s, he was mentored by veteran photojournalist Gordon Harding. Through the next 15 years, before shifting to digital photography, Eddy took, developed, and made prints from nearly 20 rolls of film every week. Eddy’s Herald photography has found critical acclaim in the industry from the New England and Vermont Press Associations. Longtime Herald readers find photographs and people they remember in the show. Others viewers will also recognize some of Eddy’s iconic images that went on to appear in Vermont Life magazine, books and elsewhere. “I think that photography for a newspaper is a very optimistic thing . You assume when you pick up your cameras and go out the door that there’s going to be a story there that you can share with your readership,” he said, noting that some photographs were taken on assignment, but often he would, “just go out to see what’s there.” Eddy took one of his first photographs that earned an award in December 1987 when a wooden sled with a big festive bow on the porch of the Green Trails Inn in Brookfield caught his eye. His beautifully balanced photograph brings out the simple elegance of the sled. A bit of Greek revival detail from the inn on one side is balanced with a sliver of dark shutter on the other. The bow clinches it. “The bow has a three-dimensionality because of the snow that fell on it the night before,” Eddy noted. The photograph was published with a red outline on the Herald’s front page, a Christmas card to its readers. A photograph of a boy riding his bicycle through a puddle is another of those discovered moments — but one that Eddy anticipated. He saw the boy, holding a black umbrella, riding his bike in the rain to his mother’s apartment in the old Union Block during lunch break. Eddy recognized its potential, went to the building and its upper story porch for an aerial view of the scene. “He rode right by the camera, with the rain coming off porch making those circles, and through the puddle, like a ship, making a wake through the water.” Eddy’s photograph of Madeleine Kunin’s State of the State Address was well planned. “I kept thinking about how I could photograph this to have some meaning,” he recalled, deciding to get right behind her. “I wanted to see what she was seeing.” Eddy got permission to stay behind the curtain behind Kunin. In the photograph, viewers see her in her dress, standing the very tiniest bit right of center, facing the packed House Chamber, a crowd of almost all men.   Chandler Gallery Chandler Gallery presents “A Second look,” an exhibition of Bob Eddy’s black-and-white photography, through Sept. 1 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St. in Randolph. Hours are: 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday; call 802-728-9878,or go online to www.chandler-arts.org.

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