Looking Back: 2012 in photographs

Of the 113 photographs in this collection of our favorite images of 2012, we count just seven that do not show a person. (Six if you consider the Bobcat a person!)

There are photographs showing many people coming together as one: the Class of 2012 starting a new tradition by forming their class numerals on Garcelon Field; the memorial gathering in the Chapel following the death of Evan Dube ’15 last spring; and the audience of 2,500 witnessing the installation of a new Bates president in October.

Other photos illuminate the singular power of two — like the image of President Emeritus Don Harward and Professor Emeritus John Kelsey leaning toward each other, affectionately, as they leave the service for the naming of the Gomes Chapel in October.

And a few show one person looking back at us.

And a few show one person looking back at us, like the portrait of theater faculty member Kati Vecsey, somehow appearing both very friendly and very demanding at the same time — which is perhaps why she won the Kroepsch teaching award last year.

No man, or woman, “is an island entire of itself,” wrote John Donne. “Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

These photographs — taken by Phyllis Graber Jensen, Mike Bradley, Lincoln Benedict ’09 and Mikey Pasek ’12 — explore how that idea is alive and strong here at Bates, where, in other words (the words of President Clayton Spencer), “we encounter individuals in their full humanity.” — H. Jay Burns


One Response to “Looking Back: 2012 in photographs”

  1. A says:

    I’d argue that the knight on the roof of the various buildings around campus is perhaps the most outstanding testament to the concept that “no man is an island entire of itself.” The very fact that that statue made its way onto a location as unattainable by any mere mortal as the roof of Commons must mean that it took a village to raise the child that is the belief that the errant knight was even possible. The movement of such an inanimate object as the knight is clear evidence that solidarity and ingenuity flow through the Bates community like the river Saraswati did through India… before it dried up.

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