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Michele has been the photo editor of the Portland Press Herald for five years. Previously she was a photographer for the Boston Globe, The Virginian-Pilot, and the Concord Monitor. She began her journalism career as a reporter/photographer for the Daily Eagle, in Claremont, NH. Michele’s first camera was a Kodak Brownie Starflash camera, which she got when she was 9. She used it to take unusual family photos, like one of her youngest sister Megan refusing to move from the neighbor’s driveway. (Megan McDonald is the author of the Judy Moody and Stink series, well-known books for children). Michele still has the camera. It has a roll of undeveloped film in it, which she’ll get around to developing someday. A college dropout (from Bensalem, an experimental college that no longer exists), Michele later won a mid-career Nieman fellowship to Harvard. She was a finalist for a feature photography Pulitzer Prize for her photos of a young woman choosing to die in hospice care. She was a juror for the Pulitzer prizes in photography in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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    November 8, 2021

    In photos: Scenes of fall in Maine

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns,” wrote Mary Ann Evans, who later took the pen name George Eliot, to her tutor Maria Evans when she was about 22 years old. Press Herald photographers recorded the rich reds, greens, golds and browns of the season.

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    October 25, 2021

    In photos: Seeing red

    Red is a strong color. It can represent passion, happiness, danger or beauty. In China, it is the traditional color worn by brides and symbolizes joy, luck and happiness. In Japan, bridges in the gardens of temples are painted red because they are passages to sacred places, and red is thought to expel evil. In ancient Rome, the words for beautiful and red were identical. In some places in Central Africa, red can also represent mourning and death. The Red Cross changed its colors to green and white in parts of the continent. But red is a friend to photographers. A small splash of it can go a long way to making a good photo. Here are some examples of Press Herald photographers seeing red.

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    October 20, 2021

    Yarmouth Arts Festival opens for 13th year

    Proceeds from the show will go to the Yarmouth Food Pantry, St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center in Portland and Friendship House in South Portland.

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    July 12, 2021

    In photos: Maine summer in full swing

    It begins unofficially after Memorial Day, with flowers in full bloom in June and ever-lengthening hours of sunshine. July brings the heat, warmer ocean water in the southern part of the state – and the tourists. It begins to slip through our fingers in August, all too soon. Summer in Maine.

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    May 3, 2021

    In photos: Scenes of April give way to flowers of May

    Our photographers capture the dreary and the glorious of April before it finally yields to the sunshine of true spring.

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    March 15, 2021

    In photos: Let there be light

    Daylight saving time started again on Sunday, leading to dreams of those long summer nights in Maine, when the sun doesn’t set until after 8 p.m. There’s a bipartisan bill in Congress now, called the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, sponsored by politicians as different as U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., that would make DST permanent. If it passes, we would not switch our clocks back in the fall. Meanwhile, Press Herald photographers took advantage of our lengthening days to look for beautiful light.

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    February 15, 2021

    In photos: Ice, an otherworldly beauty

    Love it or hate it, winter is here, in all its icy glory. When you are freezing outside – your feet like stone, your fingers, white marble – consider the miracle of ice. Water, liquid and gas, made solid. Look closely and you’ll find its otherworldly beauty.

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    December 27, 2020

    Press Herald’s 2020 Photos of the Year

    We will never forget 2020, a year of tumult and heartbreaking loss. The coronavirus pandemic shook the world, the Black Lives Matter movement focused our attention on systemic racism, and the U.S. president was impeached. Schools and businesses closed. People lost their livelihoods and their lives. Millions of people protested, and a record number of Americans voted. And as the year came to a merciful close, hope emerged.

    These narratives played out across the country and in the streets and homes of Maine. Our photojournalists told them in the images they made.

    This year, instead of choosing the ‘best’ photos of the year, we’re telling the story of the year in pictures. Wearing masks and staying socially distanced, the photojournalists of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram recorded this historic year with grace, poetry and courage.

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    December 21, 2020

    In photos: Lighting up the night

    The winter solstice, the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere, takes place at 5:02 a.m. Dec. 21. The long nights of a pandemic have been made beautiful, though, with holiday lights throughout our cities and towns. Many people put their displays up earlier than usual this year as a way to bring joy and help dispel the gloom of a difficult year. Press Herald photographers recorded some of the colorful beauty.

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    October 26, 2020

    Consider the lowly gull: A photo essay

    Gulls are often maligned as “rats of the sky,” but is that assessment warranted? Isn’t there beauty in their plaintive calls? Aren’t they as evocative of the coast as salt air, foghorns, bell buoys, lobster boats and lighthouses?
    Or are they simply too common, too messy and too pushy to deserve our admiration?
    Gulls, love them or hate them, are smart, fascinating, even beautiful, as our gallery shows. Just don’t call them seagulls. Birders will tell you there is no such animal.