Hampshire Life photo gallery: Farewell, Smithies

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  • Off College Lane in Northampton, overlooking Paradise Pond on the campus of Smith College, early Thursday morning, Jan. 16, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 3/20/2020 12:02:24 PM
Modified: 3/20/2020 12:02:11 PM

Last week, for reasons that are now all too familiar, each of the Five Colleges found it necessary to close their buildings to students and switch to a virtual classroom model of teaching for the remainder of the semester. My heart goes out to all those students, especially the seniors. Now the campuses have become like “student deserts” (not “desserts!”).

During the January break, another time when the campuses are sparsely inhabited, I found this picture near Paradise Pond at Smith College. I just grabbed it while I was waiting for someone to walk into another winter “weather feature” scene that I’d composed looking in the opposite direction. And someone did come along — not a student, but a Northampton “townie” walking his two dogs and enjoying the pristine morning. As the sun rose higher, the overnight dusting of snow soon melted, but the picture lived on, being published the next day in print and online.

Last week we got some other news from an official at Smith. A reminder, as it were, that since the college is private, we are not to take pictures there without permission — and then only when escorted by a media relations representative. 

I respect that and, of course, I will abide by it. The dude abides. But after 25 years of not really “seeing” the line separating Northampton and Smith College, I will miss photographing the spontaneous and serendipitous moments that I find there.

— Text and photo by Kevin Gutting

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