Magazine Best Boston Globe photos of the year, 2012 Go behind the lens to discover the inspiration for the year’s most memorable images. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff Claudia Yanez stretched before a dress rehearsal for "Roller Disco the Musical!," a new parody of the 1979 movie "Roller Boogie," at the Oberon in Cambridge. May 27, 2012. Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff Chris and Ellen Finlay of Uxbridge danced on a stage in front of an American flag as the band played "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. March 6, 2012. Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff Members of the New England Gospel Ensemble, from front, Valence Harris-Alleyne, Bithiah Carter, and Karen Tobin-Guild, sang during the 42d Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Jan. 16, 2012. 2012. Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff Rugby player Brendan Ridge. March 20, 2012. Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff A firefighter cleared debris and burning pieces of the interior of a unit after the roof had collapsed in Brookline. Jan. 16, 2012. Barry Chin/Globe Staff As confetti began to fall, the Boston College Eagles celebrated their National Championship victory over the Ferris State Bulldogs. April 7, 2012. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier battled for a loose ball in the first quarter of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at American Airlines Arena in Miami. June 5, 2012. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Boston Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross was showered with Gatorade as he reached home plate after hitting a game winning 3-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Boston Red Sox took on the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. July 19, 2012. Barry Chin/Globe Staff In a moment of frustration, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz snapped his bat into two pieces after lining out in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles. May 5, 2012. Barry Chin/Globe Staff St. John's Prep head coach James O'Leary was hoisted upon the shoulders of his players after St. Johns defeated Brockton in the Division I High School Super Bowl Championship game at Bentley University in Waltham. Dec. 1, 2012. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The gloves (and sticks) came off as the Bruins’ Shawn Thornton and the Jets’ Mark Stuart engaged in a second period fight. Jan. 10, 2012. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Celtics head coach Doc Rivers (left) and Kevin Garnett shared a moment on the sidelines as Garnett left the game as the clock was winding down. June 9, 2012. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Long time Red Sox catcher and former team captain Jason Varitek announced his retirement from baseball during a ceremony held at home plate of JetBlue Park. March 1, 2012. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick lost his helmet as he was leveled by Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was called for a penalty on the play. Nov. 11, 2012. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Tigers second baseman Omar Infante got a face full of dirt, but he made a great diving stop of a ball hit by the Red Sox’ Ryan Sweeney. July 30, 2012. Bill Greene/Globe Staff Jamie Sawler of the Muddas made an interception against the Cumberland Muckaneers. Mud football teams competed in the annual Mud Bowl, a mud football tournament in North Conway, N.H., at Hog Coliseum. Sept. 7, 2012. Bill Greene/Globe Staff Paul Ouellette and his racing family from Milan, N.H., posed for a photo after his 15-year-old daughter Nicole (with checkered flag) won the Angels division. Aug. 25, 2012. Bill Greene/Globe Staff Ariel Switser, 10, put on her game face at the annual car show at the Riverside Speedway the day before opening day. "Ariel's been waiting," said her father. Howie Switser. "She wanted to race a couple of years ago but wasn't old enough." Bill Greene/Globe Staff Marlene Texeira of Dorchester and St. Peter's parishioners performed the Stations of the Cross ritual on Good Friday in the Geneva-Bowdoin neighborhood. Each of the 14 stops marked the location of a victim of a stabbing or shooting. This was intersection of Homes and Draper. April 6, 2012. Bill Greene/Globe Staff Kevin White’s niece, Beth Casey, and her son Tommy waited for the funeral procession of former the former Boston mayor at St. Cecilia Church. Feb. 1, 2012. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Dancers took a ballet "with a modern sensibility" class from Marcus Schulkind at the Green Street Studios. April 29, 2012. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Near the end of service, the congregation at Grant AME Church, where Donna Summer once worshipped, held hands and sang. May 20, 2012. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff BC men's head hockey coach Jerry York stepped out of a meeting to take a good-luck call from Senator John Kerry. March 29, 2012. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Dr. Daniel Oates, with the Boston Medical Center Geriatrics Section, visited elderly patients in their homes. May 24, 2012. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Pete Fraunholtz of Jamaica Plain got in about 50 minutes of cross-country skiing through the golf course in Franklin Park. "It was a little thin in parts, but I forced myself to get out," he said. Jan. 22, 2012. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff The not-so-calm-before-the-storm of Hurricane Sandy. Colin Lincoln, Brennan Lincoln, Guy Matisis, headed into Nantasket Beach for a quick dip before the surf got too big. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff An orphanage in Port-au-Prince was destroyed, leaving a group of 60 orphans without a place to live. For a year and a half, they lived in primitive conditions, at first in tents, and then in flimsy plywood structures next to a house covered with a tarp. They had no running water, no electricity, and little in the way of schooling. May 1, 2012. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Filis Casey, of Newton, reached out to the families of adoptive children she has placed over the past 30 years, and within months raised enough money to build the displaced children an orphanage. Casey greeted Bernadine, 11, with a lollipop. May 1, 2012. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Elizabeth Warren voted and greeted supporters at the Graham and Parks School in Cambridge. Nov. 6, 2012. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Kaplan Family Hospice House is a 20-bed facility run by Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. The house provided end-of-life care, along with grief resources, for families. Patrick the hospice dog visited with Mary and Warren Rand. Sept. 12, 2012. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Joe Kennedy III and his then-fiance Lauren Birchfield was greeted at the door by his mother, Sheila Kennedy and sister-in-law Kate Kennedy during an election night party at the Taunton Elks Lodge. August 6, 2012. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Kayla Harrison, Olympic gold medalist in judo, at a celebration party at the Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge. Aug. 19, 2012. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Summer Anderson, 16, hugged friend, Jason Beausolei, 16, as D'Angela Alberty looked on at the scene of the fatal car crash that took the live of Michaela Smith. April 8, 2012. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff The New England Patriots’ Aqib Talib returned an interception for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Nov. 18, 2012. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Boston College Eagles goalie Parker Milner denies UMass Minuteman Rocco Carzo a shot on goal at the Conte Forum. Nov. 4, 2012. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Brattleboro-area middle school teacher Lauren Petrie, right, and student Adelaide Abbott, 14, took a sun break during a school outing at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vt. March 21, 2012. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Fan Jayne Perreault of Chicopee chatted with a friend while attending the Red Sox's annual "Christmas at Fenway" in Boston. Dec. 1, 2012. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Boston police Officer Dan McMorrow paused to encourage Owen Cunningham, 11, of Dorchester, who played Irish folk tunes for passerbys on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay to save up money for an upcoming trip to Ireland with the Congress School of Music in Quincy. Dec. 1,2012. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Holding her King Charles dog, Charlie, Associate Justice Randy J. Kaplan of Middlesex Probate and Family Court celebrated during the 10th annual National Adoption Day at Edward Brooke Courthouse in Boston. Nov. 16, 2012. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Heavy surf pounded the Outer Cape along the Truro-Wellfleet line. Oct. 30, 2012. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Marine Corps veteran Natasha Young-Alicea of Haverhill returned from working at the Vet Center with a migraine and tried to get some relief resting on her couch with her service dog Josh. June 25, 2012. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Assistant teacher Livi Rubin passed a butterfly to Benjamin Levit, 5, of Lexington at the Jewish Preschool of Lexington, where the butterflies were raised from larva stage. May 9, 2012. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Marine Corps veteran Natasha Young-Alicea of Haverhill hugged Evelyn Harris as she met the parents of Navy SEAL Joshua Harris, for whom her service dog is named in Lexington, N.C. June 15, 2012. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Maria Teixiera, 58, distraught over the shooting death of her son, Safiro Furtado, in the South End, was surrounded by relatives and friends in the entryway of her home. July 17, 2012. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Several hundred people gathered at the Scituate Harbor lighthouse at dawn for an Easter morning service led by Pastor Dan Eddy of Christ Lutheran Church in Scituate. April 8, 2012. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Rawda Aljawhary, a junior at Brandeis University, leaped through sprinklers that showered students with relief during the summer-like day. March 22, 2012. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Shanna Lacey, 9, of Newton (red leotard); Katerina Poulopoulos, 9, of Medfield (pink leotard); Arielle Cohen-Oliveira, 10, of Newton (seated in front of Katerina); and Christina Dupre-Honda, 5, of Brookline (holding flag) watched a live stream of the USA gymnastics team winning gold at the 2012 Olympics, during summer camp at the Exxcel Gymnastics & Climbing in Newton, where gold medlist Aly Raisman trained. July 31, 2012. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Boston's Veterans Day Parade wound its way from the Boston Common to City Hall, where it culminated in speeches and music. Nov. 11, 2012. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Israel "Izzy" Arbeiter watched as Jim Karpeichik illuminated the dank cellar of Arbeiter’s childhood home in Plock, Poland, to look for candlesticks that he and his brother buried during World War II. April 25, 2012. David L Ryan/Globe Staff Sunrise lit the sky with color at Carson Beach in South Boston. Sept. 6, 2012. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Recruit Taishana Lewis held her 5-year-old son Tyler in line at her graduation ceremony from the Boston EMS Academy. She was inspired to become an EMT by those who responded when her brother, Matthew Lewis-Grant (right) was wounded in a 2009 drive-by shooting. Dec. 3, 2012. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Ian Reynolds of Newton took a break on Devonshire Street, where he worked in costume at Merchant Warehouse. Oct. 31, 2012. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Eighth-graders at the Sullivan Middle School in Lowell held out their hands to shake with Senator Scott Brown as he asked the kids to tell their parents to vote for him. Nov. 6, 2012. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff John Coyne of the Romero Electric Co. and co-workers checked out the W sign at 263 Congress St. in Boston. Sept. 17, 2012. Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff Pedestrians bundled up on Church Street in Harvard Square. Feb. 8, 2012. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff A street scene in Cidade Velhia, Cape Verde. April 12, 2012. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Thomas Hazley, 8, and Conor Weeks, 6, horsed around in Joe Moakley Park in South Boston before the beginning of the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K fitness walk. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Soloist Adiarys Almeida kidded around as the dancers tried on the company's new costumes of the Nutcracker. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Amelia Panek of Reading High School prepared herself before competing in the Women 100 Yard Breastrokes in the M.I.A.A. Fall North Sectional Swimming & Diving Championships at MIT's Barrie Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center. Nov. 10, 2012. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff A funeral Mass was held at Saint Cecilia Church for former Boston Mayor Kevin White. Feb. 1, 2012. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff A hawk sat on a branch above a pond in Pembroke as an oriole swooped down to chase it away. June 19, 2012. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan were framed through the photographer’s ladder during a photo shoot of staff members before the final night of the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. Aug. 30, 2102. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff A woman tried to control a screaming relative outside the courthouse as verdicts were read in the first Mattapan massacre trial. March 22, 2012. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Seamus Healy of West Dennis drove an antique MG down with a stuffed wild boar in the front seat during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in West Dennis. March 10, 2012. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Reading Memorial player Siobhan O'Sullivan (#12) and Melissa Liaboe (#24) celebrated their victory over Tyngsborough in the MIAA State Basketball Championships in Worcester. March 17, 2012. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Participants at Boston Assemblies danced to disco music as they learned social dance and etiquette instruction at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham. Nov. 13, 2012. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Participants at Boston Assemblies in Hingham looked on as teacher Douglas Trudeau (left) went through dance steps at Glastonbury Abbey. Nov. 13, 2012. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Abington's Babila Fonkem (10) celebrated his team’s victory over St. Mary’s in the High School Super Bowl in Milton. Dec. 1, 2012. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Chuck Mattera took part in the Santa Speedo Run with runners dressed as Santa in red speedos on Boylston Street. Dec. 8, 2012. Go behind the lens to discover the inspiration for the year’s most memorable images in The Boston Globe. Photograph by David L. Ryan/Globe staff WELLESLEY COLLEGE’S DAVIS MUSEUM, WELLESLEY, FEBRUARY 14: I was asked to photograph an installation by artist Radcliffe Bailey. This piece of artwork is a pile of piano keys, called “Windward Coast,” with something like 35,000 wooden piano keys. He just throws them on the floor. And there’s a mannequin head he sprayed black. I had to go up on a higher ladder in order to get the head. They did a final sweep, and someone walking by with a broom makes it different. photograph by bill greene/globe staff BRAINTREE ARMORY, BRAINTREE, MARCH 26: These Massachusetts National Guard soldiers were returning from Afghanistan. We cover these events routinely, and they still really get to me. What blows me away is the sacrifice, obviously by the soldiers returning, but also by the family members. The emotions are overwhelming. You’re trying as a photographer to capture that. As the guys got off the bus, I’m looking the other way. I spotted this family; they were so excited. This little boy, Liam McCarthy, hadn’t seen his father in a year. He swung the kid around, hugged him. It was powerful stuff. photograph by bill greene/globe staff BRIMFIELD, MARCH 21: The tornado that happened in June 2011 devastated areas of Central and Western Massachusetts. Brimfield was especially hard hit; there was a swath of destruction remarkable to see. I’ve been to disasters around the world, but I’ve never seen anything so extensive in our state. Ten months later, trees were still down like sticks. The concern among firefighting officials was, if a fire started, how would you put it out? You couldn’t even get firetrucks through. I saw this one lonely house surrounded by debris. I thought this was a compelling image that gave you an idea of the risk. Photograph by essdras m suarez/globe staff TEMPLE EMANUEL, ANDOVER, MARCH 3: From the moment I got the assignment I knew it would be special. I had never heard of a severely autistic child doing a bar mitzvah. It was amazing: On an iPad, 12-year-old Matthew Emmi, who cannot read, write, or speak sentences, recorded names of those who would be called to participate in the service; other people recorded blessings and Torah readings. The kid was restless, but every time he’d press the icons, he’d hear the voices and quiet down. After they let him go, he started rushing around the place. I saw him making a beeline for his dad, and I got ready. That’s when I saw him jumping in his dad’s arms. It was a sweet moment. photograph by barry chin/globe staff FENWAY PARK, BOSTON, AUGUST 14: This was the first of two nights Bruce Springsteen was playing Fenway. People had set up chairs outside on the street, listening to the concert for free. They had set the stage up in center field; the audience was on the field. I was worried — shooting Springsteen at Fenway, I didn’t want the photograph to look like it could have been taken anywhere. You want some of the park in your photograph. All of a sudden, he walks toward the Green Monster with his guitar on his back. The manual scoreboard is obviously the perfect place for him to be. The moment you see that, you know where he was. photograph by david l. ryan/globe staff ELLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ROXBURY, SEPTEMBER 6: This is your usual first-day-back-to-school picture. Every year, you’re always trying to cover the beginning of school and the end, and you don’t know what you’re going to get. This time, the mayor was there giving out free backpacks for the kids arriving at school. I usually watch the kids to get their reaction. They were very happy. I was standing right in front of school as the buses were coming. Third-grader Niaysa Hill was just exuberant. She was like “yahoo!” It was cute. I was never that happy going back to school. photograph by jim davis/globe staff Dorchester Bay, Boston, July 24: I had some time between assignments on a hot summer night, and a pretty intense electrical storm was going on. I drove to the boat launching area off Morrissey Boulevard and parked. Using a medium-length telephoto lens, I sat in my car and just kept shooting, hoping to capture a bolt. Shooting lightning without a tripod is a pretty hit-or-miss situation. You keep your finger on the camera’s shutter, and as soon as you see any light, hit it, hold it, and hope. One frame, out of probably 800, worked. photograph by bill greene/globe staff HOG COLISEUM, NORTH CONWAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, SEPTEMBER 7: The Mud Bowl has been going on for maybe 30 years. It’s a beloved upcountry annual sporting tradition. You’ve got guys jumping in the mud, catching footballs; it’s like sports on steroids. The hardest part is keeping mud off your lens. At one point, I had to wipe it off with my shirt. Afterward, the editor called and said they’re thinking of running it tomorrow, so I ran into a Dunkin’ Donuts covered in mud, ordered coffee, and sent them images. I felt like Pig-Pen — when I left, there was a pile of dirt in the corner. photograph by bill greene/globe staff PASTORAL CENTER, BRAINTREE, OCTOBER 11: After Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said noon Mass, there was a media availability; it was billed as “the cardinal is tweeting for the first time.” My delusion was, this will be a wonderful moment, he’ll whip an iPhone out of his robe and start tweeting. Instead it’s a guy sitting behind a desk with blank walls and PR people surrounding him. I’m thinking, “How can I save this?” So I stood behind him, extended my arms, and held my camera directly over my head. There is a leap of faith in those photos; they very rarely work out. In photojournalism circles, there is a term: We call those photos “Hail Marys.” photograph by essdras m suarez/globe staff HOME SUITES INN, WALTHAM, FEBRUARY 16: The story was about homeless families on vouchers who live in motels. It was a sad situation. All their belongings, boxes of clothing, were piled up. The kids were running around like headless chickens, cooped up in a tiny space. The dad, Peter Braun, had just got a call from a social worker about an apartment. I sat in the corner — that’s one technique photographers use when you have to be present while life is evolving. Psychologically, you’re not a threat. You hope for tiny slivers of time they forget about you, and I think they did. photograph by john tlumacki/globe staff SOUTH BOSTON, OCTOBER 2: I was on the way to another assignment at the convention center; this company invented a new device to help paralyzed people walk. I parked on D Street and saw the window washers. He was leaning far over. Seeing that guy up there gives me the creeps; that has to be one of the most dangerous jobs. I walked by and saw how it looked through the old-style street lights. I said “Huh.” It’s not anything anybody else couldn’t have done. The lights added that accent to the picture. You try to make something interesting out of something normal. photograph by david l. ryan/globe staff EVANS WAY PARK, BOSTON, OCTOBER 3: It was a gray day. I saw them placing these cheesecloths all over the park in the Emerald Necklace. I knew I was going to get a picture. I was directly underneath them; they were up on a short little staging area on wheels, moving around. There were three or four people installing the artwork. It was very quick. They put their hands against that cloth, but I couldn’t see their faces — that’s what made the picture for me. It’s very ghostly. It appears to be black-and-white, but it was shot in color. It was a color photograph that actually showed no color. photograph by jim davis/globe staff TD GARDEN, BOSTON, MARCH 13: I was covering the state girl’s high school basketball semifinals. Braintree was playing Andover in the Division 1 game. I was sitting on the floor, on the base line, following the ball. While I was shooting a rebound play, Braintree’s Rachel Norton fell hard to the floor and was in obvious pain. There were three or four frames to choose from; this was the most descriptive in depicting the moment. She was ultimately OK and returned to action. Her painful night continued in another way — her team lost to Andover, ending their season. photograph by joanne rathe/globe staff THE CAPITAL GRILLE, BACK BAY, MARCH 14: A transformer caught fire in the Back Bay and power still was not restored the next morning. I was asked to go see how businesses were faring. As soon as I parked, I saw workers loading racks of meat into a refrigerated truck. They had a huge assembly line. This picture was taken on my iPhone. Later, The Capital Grille donated the meat — 2,500 pounds — to Southwick’s Zoo. We shot a tiger chowing down. It was a total treat for them. photograph by david l. ryan/globe staff Cape Canaveral, Florida, January 27: I was following the Republican primary campaign down in Florida. We were waiting for Mitt Romney to show up. As you’re waiting, lots of times before the event starts, you’re really desperate, looking for something to photograph. The wire services are always going to get head shots of the candidate. Sometimes, you get the offbeat picture. I was watching these little kids, 5 or 6 years old, putting flags at the bottom of this steel barrier with another flag over it. I blasted away, then they stopped. Romney walked in, gave his speech, and left. photograph by dina rudick/globe staff EXXCEL GYMNASTICS AND CLIMBING, NEWTON, JULY 31: Aly Raisman, the Olympic gymnast from Needham, was competing for the gold. This once was her home gymnasium; these girls idolize her. It was 2 in the afternoon; they were telecasting it live. I expected them all to be completely beside themselves, but I was struck by how much they weren’t paying attention. Some were checked out, some were competing over who got to wave the flag or wear the hat. These things take priority over an Olympic gymnast they’ve never met. It was a study of little-girl dynamics more than anything else. I like this picture; they were in their own microcosm. photograph by jim davis/globe staff AFRICAN CARIBBEAN AMERICAN CATHOLIC CENTER AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM, FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 29: I was in Florida covering Red Sox spring training, and new manager Bobby Valentine was the story. I thought we needed something of him away from the game. We heard he was going to visit an after-school program that offers services to children in Lee County. At one point, team photographer Michael Ivins got Valentine, along with Wally the Green Monster, to pose for a group photo. I stood on a table and used a zoom lens to concentrate on Valentine. When the children raised their arms to make a lively photo, the always-expressive Valentine did the same, and we had our lead photo. photograph by yoon s. byun/globe staff BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, BACK BAY, FEBRUARY 13: In the past year, there were proposals for cuts to service in the MBTA. It was a very heated topic. They had public meetings. People would listen; some gave constructive feedback. It got very emotional; this was a vital part of everyday life. These particular people were reacting to a projected slide that showed proposed changes. The mood was frustration; people didn’t understand why the MBTA couldn’t figure out a solution. I did have pictures of the people speaking, but this story was very much about the public--the editors felt the people were the story. photograph by bill greene/globe staff ST. CECILIA CHURCH, BOSTON, FEBRUARY 1: Kevin White, the former mayor of Boston, died. He obviously was a man of huge power; it was a big day for the city. I was positioned at the church; we weren’t allowed inside. My mission was to shoot the procession, family, and dignitaries arriving. There was a riser set up; I rarely like where they want you to be. I like to stalk the perimeter. I saw this woman and boy go out in the street. The way the mother is bending over, it told the story. There is anticipation and reverence and solemnness. When I found out they were [White’s niece Beth Casey and her son Tommy], I thought, “That’s even better.” photograph by bill greene/globe staff ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY, ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT, MARCH 27: This was an unusually horrific story. A beloved teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont was brutally murdered. The story rocked the whole town. The students and faculty had arranged a candlelight vigil. It was happening at dusk. The students were all crowded around the entrance, people were singing, prayers were being said. It was getting darker, so logistically, as a photographer, you’re starting to freak out. There were two sisters [Jordan and Katrina Dekett], the way they were holding each other, I found really gripping. You really got the sense of horror. That one clearly transmitted the sense of what happened up there. photograph by suzanne kreiter/globe staff CASTLE ISLAND, SOUTH BOSTON, JULY 17: I was assigned to do a photo essay on the “new” South Boston. Because Castle Island is one of the most iconic parts, I headed down there and went out on the dock. It was 98 degrees. There was a group of kids and within minutes, I knew I had one shot--these kids jumping in. I crouched down and waited. I made three frames; the first was too soon, the third too late, the second was exactly right. I have a propensity to shoot people from the back. When they’re truly unaware of the photographer, their body language does all the talking.