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April 23, 2008

SoFoBoMo: Working it all out

Filed under: Personal,Photography,SoFoBoMo — chantal @ 9:05 am

I have to admit, I’m struggling with this project. As soon as I read about SoFoBoMo, I knew I wanted to participate, and what I’m working on now was the first idea to pop into my head– documenting my husbands final 30 days at home before he deploys to Iraq. I knew it would be interesting, I knew it would be an important time for my children to spend as much time with their dad, and I knew that having lots of photos would be great, for both my husband and my kids. What I seemed to have overlooked was how personal it would be. I mean, I knew it was personal…my family is the subject; but the moments, the feelings, are so personal to me, I wonder how interesting it would be to anyone else outside the 5 of us.

Anyway, I’m still trying to work out what the final book will be, how it will look and feel. It’s clearly a documentary project on a family’s preparation for a life changing event, but for me, there is no objectivity. So it’s more than just a documentary project, it’s a family album. The next 6 days will likely be the busiest for us…which is good and bad. ‘Busy’ means time goes by faster, but the activities will also bring plenty of great moments and images to share.

Here is my husband, Shamon, looking through some old family photos with our kids at his grandmother’s house in Savannah, GA. (Apr 12, 08)…



  1. >I wonder how interesting it would be to anyone else outside the 5 of us.

    I think the fear of our photos not being interesting to anyone else is common. Not just when photographing family. I’ve on occasion wondered why anyone would be interested in my portraits of people, who are strangers to just about everyone who might view my book.

    Those people don’t even have the added interest of at least being my family.

    So, if it helps, I’ll step up and say ‘I’m interested in seeing your book and your pictures of your family in this personal and difficult moment’

    Make the book. I want to see it.

    Comment by Gordon McGregor — April 23, 2008 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  2. Chantal, I’m interested in seeing your book along with reading your writings about those 30 days. I want to see it!!! Personal is good. I believe it adds another dimension to the book. BTW, this picture is a wonderful family moment.

    Comment by paul — April 23, 2008 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  3. What courage to put these feelings into your project. I think there is quite a crowd of us looking forward to seeing your book.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — April 23, 2008 @ 11:46 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks so much for the comments & encouragement, everyone. I’m definitely going forward with the project. I know it’s too important of a personal project to not keep it going, and it’s good to know others are interested as well!

    Comment by Chantal — April 24, 2008 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  5. ….. ^^ yeah, but your “subject” may want royalties. *twiddling of the fingers and hands*

    Comment by ure biggest fan — April 24, 2008 @ 10:46 am | Reply

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