New Hampshire, Roger Stone, Coronavirus: Your Wednesday Briefing
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Have you covered anything like this before?
Oh my, no. This is my first time, and there’s nothing like it. It feels like there’s too much to photograph. It’s visually overwhelming — that’s a better way to put it. The activities are quite redundant, the grooming and the competition, but the people and the dogs are unique. You turn a corner and there’s hair spray in the air and a dog in a new outfit, or people are dressed in ’40s sequins.
How do you work with the other photographers?
We cover different shifts. Somebody will be there in the morning, somebody in the afternoon, somebody in the evening. Somebody is doing video. It feels nice, you have more confidence to have your own vision.
What are you looking to capture?
The people are so quirky and interesting, and their relationships with the dogs are remarkable. That’s what I was drawn to. But it’s hard, because you have to make it not look too kitschy, to get something that’s more than just another cute dog. And you don’t want to disturb or overwhelm anyone. People are really emotional, they’re really stressed. It was more challenging than I realized.
That’s it for this briefing.
Thanks to all the readers who provided restaurant recommendations in Manchester, N.H., after hearing that one of our politics reporters had eaten — twice — at the Olive Garden next to his hotel.
See you next time.
Mark Josephson and Kathleen Massara provided the break from the news. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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