What a beautiful day

U.S. President George H.W. Bush was working on his education initiative and stopped in Grand Junction for a speech in front of the Mesa County Courthouse. The date was June 17, 1991.



During the 34 years Christopher Tomlinson has been taking photographs for The Daily Sentinel, he has captured thousands of images.

Some of those feature faces familiar to many of us at first glance and all come with a story or interesting details.

Through “From the Archive,” Tomlinson will share some of his photos with a vignette or two. Look for “From the Archive” on the Lifestyle page the first Sunday of each month.

— Ann Wright, features editor

 

Where and when was this photo taken?

Christopher Tomlinson: U.S. President George H.W. Bush was working on his education initiative and stopped in Grand Junction for a speech in front of the Mesa County Courthouse. (It was when the building was still being used as a courthouse.) The date was June 17, 1991, and I took this photo just as Bush commented on what a beautiful day it was. Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, is shown at left and then Colorado Gov. Roy Romer is at right.

 

What stands out to you about that day?

Tomlinson: The long wait. This was one of my first times to photograph a president. The press needed to be set up many hours in advance for the Secret Service to make its sweep.

 

Where were you when you took this photo?

Tomlinson: I was shooting from the press platform in the center back of the event. It was a very nice position with a clear angle of the president. It was a bright, sunny day, but the area also was lit up with lights.

 

What equipment did you use to get this shot?

Tomlinson: I was shooting with film and used about three rolls of film that day, about 100 photos on Fujichrome Provia 100 ASA. I was using a Canon F-1 camera and a 300-mm lens.

 

Did you know you had this shot the second you took it, or was it one you were happy to find after developing your film at the Sentinel?

Tomlinson: Bush was gesturing to the crowd about what a beautiful day it was, looking to the sky. I knew I had my shot. I won a first prize for a news photo from the Colorado Press Association for this photograph.

Christopher Tomlinson can be emailed at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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