The day that color didn't exist / El día que no tuvimos color
July 11, 2010 1:24 PM   Subscribe

Powerful pictures. Writing from New Orleans I can sympathize entirely too well. With this hurricane season being compared to 2005 all over the place we would all be watching the Gulf of Mexico warily even if it wasn't full of crude oil too.
posted by localroger at 1:45 PM on July 11, 2010

Personally, I think his use of off camera flash takes away from the documentary aspect in some of the photos. I think he's made some great location portraits, but the lush lighting makes it look like more like a photo shoot than a document of the aftermath of a natural disaster.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 1:55 PM on July 11, 2010

those poor bastards. i was just happy to see smiles on some of the faces, because that is one long haul they're facing.
posted by msconduct at 2:45 PM on July 11, 2010

His photography is gorgeous. I'm enjoying looking through his site.

It's sad to say that after living for many years on the Gulf Coast, the photos of the aftermath of Alex are both horrifyingly powerful and at the same time familiar enough to breed a flatness of affect after Katrina and Rita and Ike. I'm rooting for the folks in Nuevo Leon, but they've got a hard road ahead. And absolutely without condemning them or anybody else, it seems sometimes like it's hardly worth building or rebuilding because the hurricane seasons are getting worse over time, whether it's a long weather cycle or global warming or what have you. It's frustrating and tragic for people to build up and then have another hurricane flatten them all over again.
posted by immlass at 4:47 PM on July 11, 2010

I was going to make a post of these, but didn't get around to it:

Here's some pictures of the Río Santa Catarina as it flowed through downtown Monterrey. Here's some more.

Here's a video of same.

Here's a video from Santiago, just to the south of Monterrey. Here's another, and another.

It's all very surreal as I've driven on those highways and bridges many times. That river is usually a dry gulch. Estimates in Moterrey thatI read were 30 inches of rain. 2 and a half feet. That's a lotta rain.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:13 PM on July 11, 2010

Sigh... yeah... this is my city... I took these a few blocks outside my home...
posted by Omon Ra at 5:25 PM on July 11, 2010 [2 favorites]

There are some nice photos, but the "kid's toy abandoned in a disaster zone" cliche gets really grating after a while.
posted by Joe in Australia at 6:01 PM on July 11, 2010

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