What is the best way to communicate the destruction to property and people's lives from a devastating tornado? I felt a little like a voyeur as Eric Hines showed twisted wreckage, piles of rubble, and time lapses of shattered houses. Nowhere do you see people up close, only in the far distance.
Should he have shoved his camera in people's faces, asking them how they felt – like we've all seen on the evening news? Perhaps, but this video of one scene of utter destruction after another left me feeling sad but also hopeful that the unseen occupants of those ruined houses could go on and rebuild their lives.
“After the Storm; Washington, Illinois” by Eric Hines
On Sunday, November 17th, 2013, an EF4 tornado touched down in Washington, Illinois, destroying as many as 400 homes.
Leaving Monday night from Indiana, I arrived in Washington around 4am Tuesday morning. As the sun rose, I began seeing the debris left in the tornadoes wake. After sunrise, I was able to enter the town to see some of the damage. Because of safety concerns, the curfew for the city was from 6pm until 7am. I stayed in town for two days shooting video and timelapse. At the end of the second day, I felt that I was starting to intrude by filming, and decided I had what I could get.
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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)