The Hippo


May 29, 2020








Charles Walla photo.

See “A Focus on New Hampshire Aviation”

Where: Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, 669-4820.
When: Grand reception is Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., open to the public with light refreshments. It’s on view through Jan. 15. Afterward, the show will decorate the New Hampshire State Library (20 Park St., Concord) Feb. 1 through March 31; Daniel Webster College (20 University Drive, Nashua) April 3 through May 15; and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (1 Airport Road, Manchester) May 16 through August.
Admission: Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for children ages 12 to 16, free for children younger than 12. Visit

Focus on flight
Photography show features scenes from NH aviation

By Kelly Sennott

 It’s not every day you’re invited to view behind-the-scenes happenings of New Hampshire’s aviation culture — from the larger-scale Manchester Airport to the miniscule, grassy Hampton Airfield — unless you’re a flier yourself.

That was one incentive for the New Hampshire Institute of Art students to voluntarily contribute to “A Focus on New Hampshire Aviation,” a photography show put together by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire and NHIA.
Daniel Peters figured it could be an item to check off his bucket list; he shot photos while riding in a tiny plane, the inside no larger than that of a car, from Concord to Claremont this fall. Nicole Gosselin snapped shots day and night at the Manchester Airport (her final products blend into one continuous image), while two other students, Eliza Mitchell and Coreen Miller, moseyed around the Lebanon Municipal Airport, taking pictures of aircrafts and hangars and making friends with the people who work there.
The students and their photos will be at Aviation Museum exhibition opening Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thirty photos by these NHIA students (and one more, Charles Walla) will decorate the gallery through the end of the month, after which they will tour the New Hampshire State Library, Daniel Webster College and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
“We’re trying to get more people interested in aviation,” said Rita Hunt, aviation planner with DOT. 
She helped curate the show with NHIA photography faculty chairperson Gary Samson.
“A lot of people think ‘interested’ means you fly, but we have a lot of people who do airport engineering, airport planning, managing operations, airport maintenance,” Hunt said. “I think kids are drawn to aviation, and we wanted to present that there are other ways to get into the field without necessarily having to fly.”
She says the future of flight is dependent on getting young people involved.
“Aviation is changing drastically with technology, space exploration. … Getting people involved and interested in the future of aviation is really important. We need people to fill those positions in the workforce,” Hunt said.
Not that lots of people don’t already have some inkling of interest — they just need a bit of a push.
“I’m a flight instructor. I don’t know how many people have said to me, ‘I’ve always wanted to take flight lessons,’” Hunt said. 
The students were given a choice of 25 different airports to photograph, along with a general guideline of things to include, so that the resulting 30 images would help tell a pictoral story of New Hampshire’s flight scene, from the aviation people of New Hampshire to the airports and facilities in which they work. (Mitchell said the culture and atmosphere in Lebanon reminded her of that of a car garage business.)
The idea of utilizing these young artists was to offer them an opportunity to take interesting, unusual photos — from, again, the seat of a tiny airplane, at the head of a taxiway — and a means for them to show art in a public venue. They lacked aviation backgrounds and would offer unusual perspectives.
Samson said during an interview at the school’s photography lab that it’s important that students gain experience working with clients. You learn art for four years while in school, but it’s of little use unless you know how to work with people as well.
“It’s one thing to create work that pleases you, but another to create something that pleases someone else, a client,” Samson said. 
As seen in the November 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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