If you know any LaPorteans, we'd be psyched if you sent them links to the LaPorte, Indiana website or to our LaPorte, Indiana MySpace site. One of our favorite parts of the project has been hearing stories about the people in these portraits-- and the more people know about the book and see these photos, the more likely we'll get to hear about the backgrounds of folks in the book.
Here's one funny reminiscence from a story written by Gretchen Kalwinski in the Northwest Indiana Times:
Bitner has spoken with several of the subjects of Pease's photos, including Hugh and Kathy Tonagel, whose somber engagement photograph is at the forefront of the book. "Hugh told me that Pease was trying to impress upon them that this was a really weighty moment. Like, 'You guys are getting married, and this is the photo that is going to represent that forever. This is a really important moment and I want you to be here and present and understand what it is you're sitting for.'"
And now we know... spread the word!