It's been a busy summer. I'm glad to have been able to get away for a few days at the lake with friends—Jen, Raz, Daaren and Scotty, along with Erin, Marissa and the greyhound, Mildred, not pictured.
Two weeks later, some of Calgary's neighbourhoods have begun the process of cleaning their homes and mending their communities, but in many areas in and around the region the need for help persists, and will continue to for some time. Please, lend a hand.
Supporting women and children in crisis, both the Calary Women's Emergency Shelter and the YWCA of Calgary's emergency shelter, supportive housing and head offices were within the evacuation zones. Says the CWES, "our clients have experienced two simultaneous evacuations: first, they fled violence and now flooding." Relief is needed to effectively support the day-to-day needs of victims of family violence.
Many organizations are providing immediate flood relief to Albertans, helping to ensure the day-to-day needs are being met, however there will be a long road to recovery for many neighbourhoods and communities. These are organizations working to help the short and long-term needs of the community.
Day Three: PM.
(Prefer to start at the beginning?)
Though I am not a pro, I take photography very seriously, and have a great respect for journalism and journalists. Photojournalism, in a way, is the family business—as such, I try to follow the NPPA Code of Ethics with regard to my pictures. Item #4—effectively ‘do no harm’— means I took fewer photos today. Calgary, and the people affected, need time to heal.
No photos. Sometimes I need to lay the camera down and pitch in.
I've been deeply conflicted about taking pictures of people in their time of grief; you may notice among my pictures many faces are obscured, or turned away—I've specifically chosen as many unidentifiable photos as possible.
Day Six, Seven and Eight.
The City has declared a state of emergency forcing mandatory evacuations of 25 communities and up to 100,000 citizens, including many friends across the downtown core.
In these situations, once friends and family are taken care of, I'm never sure what to do—so I reach for my camera. I'll update this post as I collect more photos and stories.
Calgary. Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
They've painted over a fantastic vintage sign on the side of the Manning Centre. Shame.