Read about Chris Leskovsek (nadameanschris) 's story about the project that he created during the recent earthquake in Santiago, Chile, and download the visual book for free.
So as most of you have heard/read/saw there was a huge earthquake that rocked the central-south part of Chile back on February 27th. Well, this is my story about this little project i did during the earthquake in Santiago, Chile.
I remember I was going to bed at 3am after a good friend visited me and had some drinks. My cats were acting weird and I thought they just wanted to go outside as most nights when they sleep inside the house. So after I took them out, my bed started shaking (3:34am). I was relaxed and stayed calmed, just thinking it was a small typical quake (which is normal to happen here in Chile), but this thing was not stopping and I started hearing things falling down in my kitchen. So I jumped out of the bed and went to see if my girlfriend’s daughter, that was sleeping in her room was ok. I woke her up, but as she was totally sleepy. She didn’t even notice how huge the earthquake was. Right after 2 or so minutes, the whole quake stopped but was followed by a whole blackout that left us without any type of communication with friends and family.
I woke up at 7 the next morning and turned on the tv, and local channels were not transmitting anything at all, so I jumped to over CNN and there it was, our (now) ex-president Bachelet, saying that this huge earthquake was a national emergency and half of the country was on the floor. In that very moment I knew that this was huge. I thought that maybe this is something you live through only “once in a lifetime” and I needed to document this somehow. So I jumped off the bed, grabbed a bunch of cameras (film and digital) but then I thought that since I needed to be quick, carrying a huge digital slr wouldn’t help, ‘cause people will get scared, and i needed “honesty” in my pictures. So I grabbed my ol’ ‘84 Lomo LC-A and a bunch of film, and went around the whole city for 3 days in a row shooting, to build what you are now about to see (download book).
This is a small visual book. I’m giving it away for free (to download), and I’m working on getting printed versions of it, to get all proceeds to the Red Cross. My intention with this small book, is to make people get up and help. We all have some talent in what we do…but that’s the start. DO things…
Download Chris Leskovsek’s 8,8: http://nadameansnothing.com/blog/88-pieces/
View the album: http://lomography.com/homes/nadameanschris/albums/chile-earthquake