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  1. Rosemary Neads says: Reply

    You always deliver, Chris, but it must have been especially difficult to get into this assignment without being completely overwhelmed by emotion. As always, your images are wonderful, expressing the reality and the abstract in perfect harmony.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Rosemary. It was a privilege to do this work.

  2. Susan Williams says: Reply

    Chris, this is so moving I am teary. Thank-you for sharing.
    Susan Williams (Dennis Ducklows sister)

    1. chris says: Reply

      Hi Susan. Thank you for commenting. As always I look forward to teaching with your brother in a few days.

  3. Dorothy Friesen says: Reply

    Wow! Just devastating.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thanks for commenting.

  4. larrycitra says: Reply

    Well done Chris …. I would have found that assignment rather overwhelming!

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Larry. I just felt privileged.

  5. chris czajkowski says: Reply

    This is so sad. I live in an area that has been under Evacuation Order for six weeks. I left at first, but am now home and staying here under lockdown – if I leave I will not be able to return and water my garden, and it will die. In an area where organic food is very hard to obtain, I rely heavily on my produce. When the winds rage and the pyrocumuli tower into the sky I have been terrified, ready to go in a moment. I still think my place will survive so have hung in there. Today I found several blackened leaves on the ground. I have no insurance – too expensive where there are no fire support systems. Your pictures bring home how easily I could lose everything.

    1. Jane Murray says: Reply

      Hello Chris, I met you once and I wish to send you some positive energy and thoughts during these trying time. May your house and garden survive the current fires burning in BC. Stay safe and may the fires stay away from your. Love & Hugs … Jane Murray, Pine Hills Ranch, Sheridan Lake, BC.

      1. chris says: Reply

        Thank you Jane…much appreciated.

  6. Lise St. Gelais James says: Reply


    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Lise

  7. Rick Dean says: Reply

    These are wonderful, yet terrifying, photos of the home I grew up in. So many memories ranging from family gatherings (Charity was married by moms bench) to just being a kid in the middle of the woods with endless possibilities of adventure. It was hard to take in at first when mom told me the house was gone. I had spoke to her on the phone the night before, making sure they were ok. Thank you for taking the time to make the story heard.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Rick for sharing your memories. It was an honour to meet the family.

  8. Jacquie Kohanko says: Reply

    Nice job Chris. As a member of the Forman family ( John’s sister) I thank you

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Jacquie. I was honoured to do this and re-unite with John.

  9. Darlene Shewchuk says: Reply

    You did a great job of expressing this emotional time I give my love to John and Linda and hope the new place gives you happiness and love Darlene

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Darlene.

  10. Frank Lavelle says: Reply

    Everything can be distilled into the single image of the two women reacting to the devastation.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thanks Frank. I don’t often photograph people, but I am proud of that image for sure. It expresses exactly what I wanted to communicate. Such wonderful people.

  11. Wendie Kirk says: Reply

    Thank you for sharing your talent and emotions, Chris. You, and we by extension, are blessed.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Wendie.

  12. Christie Mayall says: Reply

    Wow, Chris. This summer has been a truly emotional journey for all of us, and your photographs are touch points for all that we feel.
    And how generous of the Foreman family to share their loss with you. It must have been an amazing privilege.

    1. chris says: Reply

      It was a privilege indeed, a heartfelt one. Thanks.

  13. Kathy Brown says: Reply

    Wow truly amazing, beautiful and a heartfelt experience!

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Kathy; a meaningful experience indeed.

    2. chrisharrisphotos says: Reply

      Thank you Kathy. It was indeed a heartfelt experience.

  14. Erin says: Reply

    Outstanding photography. The devastation as well as the impermanence of “things” is so well captured. Glad to hear the family is adjusting so well. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Erin.

  15. Leila Ward says: Reply

    You have used this unique opportunity to accomplish what few ever could. Beauty out of the ashes, that’s Biblical, there’s a Joyce Myers book about it, the // is reclaiming a life from abuse. Your images each tell vast amounts of story. I extend my immense respect and appreciation for your vision

  16. chris says: Reply

    Reclaiming a life from abuse…I agree with Joyce Myers. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  17. Sherril says: Reply

    Thank you for your respect and your talent. An assignment well done! My sister lost her home in the fires at Riske Creek and I too am amazed at the resilience 💜

    1. chris says: Reply

      I have traveled out that way and it is amazing to see what fire does. Some homes were spared by inches, and others not so lucky. Sorry about your sister. Thanks Sherril.

  18. Earnie Doye says: Reply

    Thank you for such a beautiful article about my sister and family’s home. It was hard to read without tears, but well-done… <3

    1. chris says: Reply

      Your sister is a treasure. It was an honour. Thanks Earnie

  19. Reta M. Seibert says: Reply

    Thank you for sharing Chris , what must have been a very
    emotional & heart wrenching photo journey for you ……..
    well done as usual …👍👍❤️❤️😂😂🔥🔥…Reta Seibert

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you kindly Reta.

  20. Dennis Ducklow says: Reply

    I love how, as a photographer, you enter into a project with so much more than your very capable photographer’s eyes. You also fully bring and are aware of your emotional side along with great respect for the subject. All of these combined give us such a strong story.

  21. chrisharrisphotos says: Reply

    Appreciated Dennis. The emotional side of this project could not be denied. It was powerful.

  22. Jane Murray says: Reply

    Thank you Chris for sharing this experience. To share someones loss is a great gift. You have shared this experience with great compassion and have given us insight into the sadness of loss and how lucky we are not to be effected by the worst of the fires.

    1. chris says: Reply

      The whole photographic experience was a gift. Thank you Jane.

  23. Joan Loeken says: Reply

    What a beautiful tribute to the family – your gift to them is priceless

    1. chrisharrisphotos says: Reply

      Thank you as always Joan.

      1. chris says: Reply

        Thank you Joan.

  24. Bill De Meester says: Reply

    Very, well done Chris,being a car buff I feel for the owner for his loss as well for all the others.
    People need to see this as a reminder as well as being enjoyed as an Art form


    1. chris says: Reply

      thank you Bill. Appreciated.

  25. you did an awesome job on this peace Linda and John are family to me and i can feel the devastation they must have felt from you excellent photography of the after math thanks for this wonderful story you have told it very well

    1. chris says: Reply

      Hi Marilyn. That’s wonderful to hear. It was an assignment like no other I have ever done, so I appreciate your support.

  26. Kim Smith says: Reply

    Finding some beauty in such a devastating situation isn’t easy but you have done a beautiful job of it Chris……I wish the Foreman family all the best and all those affected.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you so much Kim. They will appreciate reading your words of good wishes.

  27. craniosacralunwinding says: Reply

    Very moving. I sat for a long while and pondered a word that could express what I saw, felt and experienced when I viewed your newsletter. The word, for me is – ‘Namaste’ which actually means, ” the acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another”.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Namaste to you too Karen. I so appreciate your heart felt thoughts and feelings.

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