E.M. Monroe

"I knew, not from memory, but from hope, that there were other models by which to live." Weems


September 2010

Taking Pictures

From what I remember, my grandmother was our family archivist and this was the camera she used. My uncle Eric remembered my grandfather attempting to act as the family photographer, but whose efforts at arranging the family in time-consuming poses never produced an actual photograph; while my grandmother’s photos, taken with her “cheap camera” always turned out wonderful images.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that my grandmother was a picture taker. I usually thought of her as the beautiful woman being photographed–and indeed, I thought my grandmother was a striking, naturally beautiful woman. She didn’t wear make-up, her hair was not dyed or processed, she wore very modest clothing and still, I thought she was compelling to look at. It took time for me to see beyond the woman who was so easy on the camera’s lens to be the one composing a record of her family’s daily life. I look at those photographs in order to see how she attempted to frame her family and what she desired to preserve.

Some of what might have fueled my grandmother’s desire to take pictures may have been inherited. There are pictures of my grandmother with her father and birth mother at a very early age.


Chores: Interview

1. Is doing housework ever a matter of inspiration for you? In other words, are there ever times when you find youself in need of inspiration for completing household chores?

2. What housework do you do daily? Weekly? Occassionally? How do you determine this schedule?

3. Why is it important to organize yourself and your home in the way that you have? How do you think your approach could help others?

4. Were you always inclined towards being neat and organized?

5. Do you have a  least favorite chore?

Comment on these chores:

a. Ironing (When do you do it? What do you iron?) :

b. Laundry (How often? What products do you use? Where do you shop for them?):

c. Cooking?

d. Dish Washing? Why?

e. General Cleaning?

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