Capturing life’s most poignant moments

Carole Allen was always at home behind her lens, capturing the big events and the poignant moments. A few months ago, when Carole stepped out from behind her lens, she was the big event. She was the poignant moment.

At the New Hampshire Press Association’s annual banquet in October, a room full of her peers gave her a resounding standing ovation. They were certainly applauding her work as the state’s first-place winner in the Best Photo Page category. But they were really recognizing her strength, her dedication, her resolve.

Carole fought cancer for nine years, but her battle ended Thursday. There were many difficult periods during that time. There were also lots of great photos. It was her love of photography, and her desire to capture the events of her communities, that pushed her to excel, even when her body was telling her otherwise.

Last year around this time, we received our weekly phone call from Carole. She always wanted the best assignment. And on this particular weekend, Crotched Mountain was holding its Slush Cup, an event in which only the most daring skiers careen themselves across a shallow pond.

Carole, who in recent years could be a bit unsteady on her feet, had a solution for her mountain assignment. She picked up some ice grips to slide over her shoes, and she trudged out to the slopes for her day of shooting. The pictures she took that beautiful spring day were what eventually earned her that first-place award.

That day at the slopes, the onlookers were cheering the fearlessness displayed by each skier. They couldn’t have known, though, that the real courage was being shown by the woman behind the lens, who with her quiet tenacity always captured the spirit of others.

Steve Leone is editor of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

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