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New Year’s Update

Jan 11, 2009

Happy New Year! We hope you had a joyful holiday season, and are looking forward to a new year with a new administration in Washington! I just wanted to post a quick update and let you know how the We Are the Ones Project has been developing over the last couple of months, and about our hopes and plans for the Project in the future.

Since Election Day, Rob and I have been hard at work balancing our commitment to the Project and returning to everyday life and our day jobs. Rob has been splitting his time between his work on commercial photo sets and working from home retouching and editing the photos from the We Are the Ones Project. This retouching work is Rob’s least favorite part of the process, and I think the only thing that’s kept him going through the long hours in a dark room staring at the computer screen is the hopeful faces of the grassroots movement staring back!

Meanwhile I started a new freelance job working for a milliner making hats for Broadway shows. It’s kind of a random transition from producing a political photo essay, but it’s fun and creative work and I’m really enjoying it! I’ve filled my free time researching potential publishers for our book and contacting inaugural ball committees to see where the We Are the Ones Project might be featured during the festivities later this month.

Then of course there were the holidays, which made getting work done, of any kind, difficult. And with the economy being such as it is, and Rob and I trying to rebound financially from going out on a limb with this Project, we knew it wouldn’t be a lavish year for gift giving. But our “Recession Christmas” turned out to be a huge success, with everyone giving hand made, thrift store, and “free-cycled” presents. With a little creativity and the company of good friends and family we were reminded just how much we have to be grateful for this year.

Now, in the new year, it’s back to work! And I am excited to report that it looks like the We Are the Ones Project will be featured at at least one inaugural ball in Washington DC! All the details are still being worked out, but I will be posting updates on the website as we know them. We are also preparing mockup copies of the We Are the Ones book to show to publishers, and we’re putting the finishing touches on a one of a kind special edition copy of the work to be given to Obama as an inaugural gift.

There’s still a lot of work to be done and we haven’t given up on eventually showcasing the work in a fine art gallery, but we’ve found it necessary to prioritize the various aspects of the Project into manageable pieces… after all we’re only 2 people! But we never could have gotten this far alone; and I’d just like to thank everyone who participated in the Project and so many of you for your continued support and encouragement. Rob and I are so proud of the work that we’ve all accomplished together. We look forward to reaping the rewards of that hard work when we see Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, and in the years to come as we all continue the fight to realize the full potential of our communities and our country.

Peace, Hope and Love in 2009!

~Rachel

One Response to “New Year’s Update”

  1. Hi!

    I hope you both are still doing well and that plans for the book are progressing! I was just showing the pictures to my grandparents. They were thrilled to see their story online and all of your amazing photographic work.

    I had an amazing inaugural experience! My FO got me a great spot and tickets in to the staff inaugural ball. I met David Plouffe there and shook the presidents hand! I hope yours was as good and would love to hear an update.

    Yours democratically,

    Cameron Sullivan
    Brookline, Missouri
    Grandson of Charlie Cox

    - Cameron Sullivan

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