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One That Tested Us All: 2020 in New Hampshire

Mark Bolton | New Hampshire, USA, United States

Medical employees attend a Thank You Parade outside the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester in April.

As part of a statewide group photo project, from March 2020 through Election Day, I went out to cover daily life here: the people, the kindness, the generosity, and the hardships of getting by. Along the way, I meet people who volunteered to help a local food insecurity organizations and pantries to restaurants helping their local communities and donating free meals, the homeless population and the struggling families.

The anger, shock, and turmoil that arose from the George Floyd murder, and the subsequent summer long protests for change and equality.

I visited three sites and photographed the incredible work by the New Hampshire National Guard who conducted COVID19 testing all across the state.

High School sports in the state were shut down in March, but came back in September with guidelines and restrictions, that included wearing a mask for some teams and sports. Schools made the switch to remote learning, and voters headed to the polls during a tumultuous Election cycle to close out the project.

And finally, a big Thank You to the frontline workers: the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and emergency response crews during these times. 

Mark Bolton a career photojournalist and sports photographer, working for New Hampshire newspapers in the United States. I also earned by MFA degree in 2010 through the formally known Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, now the College of Art and Design at Lesley University.

I teach old school photography (darkroom, film processing, 35mm cameras) at NHTI Concord’s Community College in Concord, NH, which has been tremendously rewarding.

Over the last few years, I have been photographing an amazing sport called Obstacle Course Racing. A mix of running through the woods, mountains, or in professional stadiums, racers try to get through a variety of obstacles such as mud tunnels, crawling under barbed wire, climbing ropes, or carrying sandbags over a distance.

My favorite and most personal work is documenting the life of my son.




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