Isabelle Roughol – The J junkie

The tribulations of a young journalist and writer looking for work

Day of Change: Faces of America Abroad

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Obama supporters gathered in Phnom Penh to watch the presidential election and, later, celebrate. Even far away from the US, the emotion was palpable. I got to taking portraits of those people on the day they’ve been waiting for, some for years. (And then I couldn’t edit it down.)

Democrats Abroad watch party at the FCC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Democrats Abroad watch party at the FCC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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She was moved by John McCain's concession speech.

She was moved by John McCain's concession speech

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mother and son reaction to McCain winning Georgia.

This one just for fun: mother and son reaction to McCain winning Georgia.

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Written by Isabelle Roughol

Wednesday, 5 November, 2008 at 09:13

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  1. My favorite is the second… the way his eyes are so obviously full of tears. and so blue.

    great portraits, Iz.

    Beth Carpenter

    Friday, 7 November, 2008 at 16:06

  2. Thanks Beth. The second is my favorite too. I wanted it in the paper, but it’s the first one that went. This guy showed so much emotion, I have a dozen portraits of him (post-edit) with his face in all sorts of grimaces. I had a hard time picking one. He’s a 25-year-old Obama volunteer from Indiana who couldn’t believe that even there, he had such high poll numbers.

    Isabelle Roughol

    Monday, 10 November, 2008 at 19:35

  3. I found your blog looking up what this “Schmap” business in my inbox was all about. I decided to give them a go because it was an image I wouldn’t consider selling normally.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say these photos are great, and I really enjoy seeing the crazy atmosphere as well as the portraits.

    I do find your brazenly-stated political bias toward strawberry tarts—a “red” fruit—troublesome. I demand recognition for equally delicious “blue” tarts!*

    *As far as I know, there are only blueberries… which are kinda purple. Les myrtilles? Bluets?

    Ian Woo

    Tuesday, 11 November, 2008 at 17:49


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