The theme I chose for this blog was “Disaster Photography”. It seems like an odd theme, but I feel like it fits because as the world progresses in technology, this allows photographers to capture more insight into the world and all of its mesmerizing qualities, good and bad. Disaster photography in specific helps spread the devastation across the globe and build awareness to disasters that have the ability to happen every single day. I pinpointed on 6 specific disasters, but as you all know, there are thousands more to choose from.
1. This photograph is of the Mount Pinatubo Eruption that happened in 1991 in the Philippines. It was taken by Alberto Garcia There were 800+ casualties as a result of the eruption, and the devastation was vast. This photo is of a vehicle trying to outrace the cloud of ash behind them.
2. This photograph is of a house in Kalapana Hawaii, catching on fire from the lava that free flows from the many volcanoes in the Hawaiian Islands. The lava has been steadily flowing for years, but this particular photo was taken in 2010 by Bruce Omori.
3. This photograph is of an animal, presumably a dog, covered in the toxic red sludge that emerged when a resevoir burst in Hungaray in 2010. 10 people died, but many people and animals included were badly burnt by the chemicals in the sludge. This photograph was capture by AP/Bela Szandelsky.
4. This photograph is of millions of spiders that were forced upward into trees when Sindh, Pakistan flooded in 2011. The trees appear the way they do because of all the webs the spiders made to protect themselves. Russell Watkins captured this image.
5. This photograph captured by M.L Tuttle is of Lake Nyos in Cameroon after its clear blue appearance had become murky and dangerous in 1986. The change came because the lake began to leak gas that had built up from an unknown volcano below it. The gas was toxic, and over 1,700 people died as a result of breathing in this gas.
6. This last photograph was captured by Simon Gray in Bangor, United Kingdom in 2008. It is of a fire tornado, which is a very rare type of tornado but is extremely dangerous. So dangerous in fact, that they are rarely caught on film.
My reaction to each and every single one of those works is just complete awestruck. Whether it be a lake leaking fatal gas, a fire tornado, a flood, or any other type of natural disaster, there are images to be captured everywhere that can help spread awareness and safety precautions. I feel like the best form of art is the kind that teaches us something, and I feel like disaster photography helps raise awareness to the unexpected that can happen in our lives, and they may ultimately save some lives in the future.