Worth a thousand words

Friday, May 8, 2020
Chelsi Hector captured memorable moments of the families in her Le Mars neighborhood through her Front Door photography project. Pictured at left in the masks is the Mike and Haley Wells family with their children, Noah, Owen, Jack and Sam.
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LE MARS — “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment” - Robert Frank.

In the midst of uncertainty, Chelsi Hector was able to do just this with her Front Porch project. With families contained to their homes because of the COVID-19 crisis, Hector grabbed her camera and while maintaining social distancing captured special memories of her closest neighbors and friends.

“Doing the Front Porch photos allowed me to see them and interact with them in safe social distancing,” she said. “I also wanted to add some goodness to the uncertainty we all face during this time.”

Beth and Tim Meyer took the more traditional route and were photographed outside their home with their children, Tatum, Finley, Sadie, Roman, and Grace.

In the course of two days, Hector walked up and down her neighborhood posing 16 families from afar.

“I live in a tight-knit neighborhood. Everyone is always there for each other for many things big or small. This was a way I could share my talent as a gift to them,” Hector said.

“I snapped a few smiling ones and then came the fun photos. These were awesome,” Hector added.

One of her favorite moments during the project was surprising her neighbor Griffin on his ninth birthday.

“While I was taking his family photos everyone in the neighborhood came out and started singing happy birthday to him,” she recalled.

And what did Hector ask of her neighbors in terms of payment?

“I did this for fun for our neighborhood and some of my close friends. I only asked that they support me when using the photos,” Hector concluded.

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