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December 30, 2012

2012 Pictures of the Year

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Angie Beaulieu

Angie, who joined The Eagle-Tribune in 2003, won the honor of Photographer of the Year for parent company CNHI in 2011. She says she is happy her career allows her to have experiences she may never have encountered in another profession. She is a graduate of New England School of Photography, where her work focused mainly on shooting documentary stories. She lives in Beverly with her boyfriend, in a house filled with bicycles and cats.

POY_ET_ABE (120410_ET_ABE_DRUGS.jpg) by Angie Beaulieu: A detective with the Lawrence Police Department’s Street Narcotic Enforcement Unit questions a man after he was suspected of being involved in a drug deal in April.

Photographers Take: After being disbanded for a couple of years, the Lawrence Police Department’s Street Narcotic Enforcement Unit had been back for one day working and already made five arrests. I was assigned to go on a ride-along the next day to capture the events of the detectives’ work.

The morning started off pretty uneventful. I sat for about an hour with a detective doing surveillance on a street known for drug activity in North Lawrence. With nothing going on there, he and the other detectives in unmarked cruisers decided to change locations. During the drive, the detective explained what they look for when searching for typical drug transactions.

Just then, an officer radioed in a possible drug deal and we were off: lights on, speed high and adrenaline pumping. We caught up with the alleged buyers near the Bellevue Cemetery. We all quickly jumped out of our vehicles and the officers pulled the two men from their car and cuffed them faster than they could figure out what was happening.

All the while, I was shooting as fast as I could, trying not to miss any of the action. Afterward they searched and questioned the men for awhile, so I had plenty of time to take in my surroundings and shoot photos to best tell the story. The detectives didn’t find any drugs, but did find a very large amount of cash on one of the men. This suggested that they were planning on purchasing from the dealer, but for some reason did not.

They eventually let the men go, but caught up with the dealers a short while later and made two arrests after recovering 22 bags of heroin, crack and powder cocaine from a hiding place in their car.

Tim Jean

A native of the Merrimack Valley, Tim has been a staff photographer for The Eagle-Tribune since 2000. He loves to capture the moments of everyday life.

Tim has been Photographer of the Year for the New Hampshire Press Association for the last two years for non-dailies.

POY_ET_TJE (120606_ET_TJE_TEXTING_1.JPG) by Tim Jean

Daniel Bowley, left, hugs his sister, Dawn Frances Bowley. The two were in court in the trial of Aaron Deveau, 18, seated at right, who was found guilty and charged with texting while driving in Haverhill District Court on June 6. The teenager’s car collided head-on with Donald Bowley Jr.’s vehicle, killing the 55-year-old man. Massachusetts passed a law prohibiting texting while driving that took effect on Sept. 30.

Photographers Take: What I remember about the trial is the extremely detailed and horrifying condition family members described their father and brother, Donald Bowley Jr., to have been in at the hospital. Everyone in the courtroom was teary-eyed.

Some days, it is very difficult to see and take photos. It was a very small courtroom, so we were all very close to each other. I was at the end of the first row of seats near family members. A TV camera was situated behind me. Jury members were seated on the side. And only about 10 feet from us sat the defendant.

It was extremely sad seeing Luz Roman, a passenger in the car, who described on the stand the crash and her condition. Roman suffers both physical and emotional pain due to her injuries and the death of Bowley. “I’ve lost all my strength. I have to start brand-new,’’ she said. “It’s a miracle I’m even here.’’

Dawn Bowley said the verdict brought her some sense of peace. And yet, Dawn said of her father, “He’s still not here.”

The last photos I took from the trial were when officers led 18-year-old Aaron Deveau out of a courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving a year in jail. His father, mother, grandmother and other family members wept. So did members of Donald Bowley family, and just about everyone in the courtroom.

POY ET TJE 2-1: Photo by Tim Jean

A Firefighter drags a horse to the back of the fully involved 4-alarm fire at 6 Tanglewood Dr., Newton, in March.

Photographers Take: I could see a lot of smoke through the woods from my car while driving to Tanglewood Drive in Newton, N.H. Traffic was heavy and it was barely moving. I parked my car and walked through a field to the street just behind the fire. Making my way closer, I watched firefighters stop spraying the back of the home and wondered why they stopped. Then I heard one of them say, “That’s it.” The water from a tanker was used up.

The fire quickly spread and went through the roof and engulfed the home. More tankers arrived and firefighters got the fire under control, but most of the home was gone. Luckily no one was hurt and firefighters saved the front of the home.

Most fires I go to for the paper are put out very quickly. In this case, without a water supply, firefighters had no chance.

POY ET TJE 4: Photo by Tim Jean

North Reading high school baseball coach Frank Carey is doused by his players with a cooler full water after winning the MIAA Division 3 Baseball Championships against Mount Everett High School in Worcester in June.

Photographers Take: After winning the baseball game, North Reading High School coach Frank Carey was talking with reporters. I noticed behind him the players gathered quickly and picked up a bucket. They moved in quickly and dumped the water that caught him by surprise.

The water also splashed onto the reporters who didn’t see it coming and got a bit upset as they tried to take notes. I’ve seen football coaches on TV get a “Gatorade bath,” but never had been this close to a high school coach getting one. POY ET TJE 5:

Fireworks spray from aboard the USS Wasp as she sails into Boston for the upcoming Navy week in June.

PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKE: I had just one photo assignment on this day, compared to my usual three to five. I was to fly on a helicopter out to the USS Wasp and photograph local military personal on the ship doing their jobs as it sailed in toward Boston for the upcoming Navy week. I made hundreds of photos of life aboard the ship. It was fun. And at the same time, it was work. Several members of the press were aboard.

After pulling into port, we waited as the ship was secured and tied to the docks. Fireworks started to go off and I walked along the deck trying to frame part of the ship with the fireworks.

I made several shots of the fireworks with parts of an aircraft that were tied down to the deck. I eventually got to the back of the ship and noticed several sailors just watching the show. I placed them at the bottom of the frame and the fireworks above them. I photographed the perfect end of a very long day for them and myself.