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#tbt Valley News style, with congrats to Jason Libbey on 30 years at the paper

Press, building and mailroom manager Jason Libbey, pictured at left in 2002, celebrated his 30th work anniversary on Wednesday. Congrats, Jason!

Pressman Buddy Druge, pictured at right, has also been at the paper for more than 18 years (and you might remember him from our recent seltzer review video).

As always, you can find more Upper Valley throwbacks by Valley News photojournalists over the last 66 years at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Jason Libbey, left, Buddy Druge and the rest of the press crew play cribbage during their dinner break at about 9 p.m. on May 7, 2002. The press crew works a 7:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. shift to produce each morning’s Valley News. (Valley News – Tom Rettig) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

A space for people with depression to share photography: Barnard’s Tara Wray debuts the Too Tired Project

Tara Wray, of Barnard, Vt., sits at her kitchen table with her dog, Nighthawk, and some of her photos laid out on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at her home. Wray has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund pre-sales for her hardcover photobook, “Too Tired for Sunshine.” (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

An Upper Valley photographer has worked with an independent photobook publisher to create a space for folks struggling with depression to share their photography.

Barnard resident Tara Wray made the announcement on Instagram yesterday: She is partnering with Yoffy Press to launch the Too Tired Project, on the ‘gram at @tootiredproject and described as a “new photo initiative that aims to help those struggling with depression by offering a platform for collective creative expression.”

I’m involved in the launch of a new project and I hope you’ll want to participate. . . It’s called the @tootiredproject and it’s inspired by the outpouring of people who have contacted me since my photobook came out to say they too use photography as a tool for helping cope with depression. Who knew!? . . The goal of the Too Tired Project is to help those struggling with depression by offering a platform for collective creative expression. We want to see your photos and get a dialogue going about mental health and art. . . We’ll post a few favorites on tootiredproject.com, but everyone can have a say on Instagram. Eventually, along with @yoffypress, we aim to put out a photobook of the work. . . Check out the site, and tag your photos #tootiredproject to submit. . . Please help spread the word.

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Really cool. She said:

We’ll post a few favorites on tootiredproject.com, but everyone can have a say on Instagram. Eventually, along with @yoffypress, we aim to put out a photobook of the work.

For Instagram, tag your posts with the #tootiredproject hashtag to be considered.

Wray wrote that the goal of the project was “inspired by the outpouring of people” who contacted her since the release of her photobook, Too Tired for Sunshine, which the Valley News wrote about last November:

There’s a nice-sounding folk theory that assumes a relationship between creativity and mental illness — Van Gogh’s ear seems to be the favored paradigm — but the truth is, this claim is unproven from a medical standpoint, and probably dangerous from a social one.

 

It might be more accurate to say that people with mental illness tend to see the world differently than the neurotypical. A person who is depressed, for example, might be more likely to notice the irony in a Rite Aid display of Mother’s Day bouquets that’s conveniently located next to the cleaning supplies, or how a bit of glazed doughnut got pinched off under the lip of its protective glass cover. They might find themselves inexplicably drawn to dogs looking out car windows, especially on damp or overcast days.

 

Tara Wray, the Barnard photographer and former filmmaker who has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of her forthcoming* photo book, Too Tired for Sunshine, captures the world through just this lens. Wray has dealt with depression on and off for most of her life, she said, and both she and her book are matter-of-fact about the vicissitudes of living with the condition.

 

“Three hundred and fifty million people worldwide suffer from depression. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” she said during an interview at Jake’s, in Quechee, on a recent Thursday morning that surprised with snow. But she also doesn’t want to give the impression that she’s in a darker place than she really is, though she was experiencing depression when taking most of the photographs that appear in the book.

Read the full Valley News story here. *Since that story’s publication, the book has printed and is available for purchase at Wray’s website.

In an email Thursday evening, Wray said she and Yoffy Press have a rough timeline for the next photobook, possibly publishing in late 2019 or early 2020.

“So far the response has been incredible (and we just launched a few hours ago),” she said.

Take a look!

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#girlpower

#tbt: When the circus came to Hanover in 1975

We heart Thursdays bc it’s #valleynewsthrowback day on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

A trainer works with an elephant prior to its performance at the King Brothers Circus in Hanover, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1975. (Valley News – John Griesemer) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Long-time husband and wife clowning team of Cha-Cha and Pepito came to the King Brothers Circus performance in Hanover, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1975, from the days of vaudville. (Valley News – John Griesemer) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Slices of Upper Valley life on the @vnewsuv Instagram

Jolene Vogelien, of #OrfordNH, sips a cup of cold-brewed coffee at her coffee cart, AK Chix Coffee Co., in #FairleeVT, last week. The coffee is brewed in cold water for 18 hours using beans from Upper Valley Coffee Roasters in #NewburyVT. The hut seems to have tapped a thirsty market and business has been good: Since opening on July 10, AK Chix has been pulling in 50 to 70 customers a day, drawn to a modestly priced menu of #coffee, #espresso drinks and #bagels in a novel format. 🔸 More at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔸 (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #coldbrew #coffeecart #foodtruck #foodcart #caffeine #hand #tattoos #closeup #vt #nh #802 #603 #☕️

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