8,8 Pieces Project: Awareness & Action for the Earthquake in Chile

2010-03-23 19

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.

Chris Leskovsek (aka nadameanschris)
8,8 Pieces (http://nadameansnothing.com)

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

written by shhquiet on 2010-03-23 #news #lifestyle #nature #chile #life #lomo-lc-a #earthquake #calamity

19 Comments

  1. nural
    nural ·

    Really nicely documented...

  2. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·

    good pictures. i think this terrible happening got way too little attention.

  3. coca
    coca ·

    good pictures....as a chilean i'm used to quakes, actually this is my second earthquake, but this one was really really strong, but Chile is strong too!! will be ok....FUERZA CHILE!!

  4. iaki
    iaki ·

    In this album I have earthquake photos too www.lomography.com/homes/iaki/albums/the-great-lomo-lc-a-ra…

    I want to write about this, I have the LC-A from the race in this moment. But this note is very nice :)

  5. iaki
    iaki ·

    oww the link is broken
    but the album is The great Lomo LC-A race third film kodak EBX

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    terrible what happened to Chile... great documentation of this earthquake!

  7. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    FUERZA CHILE

  8. paramir
    paramir ·

    wow. strong. very powerful book you made. well done!

  9. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    glad you were OK and impressed with your idea. Way to go!!

  10. nadameanschris
    nadameanschris ·

    thank you guys for the comments and support to my idea!.

  11. lcburke
    lcburke ·

    ¡Fuerza Chile!
    These pictures are beautifully communicative of the destruction in Chile. Sometimes numbers and statistics aren't enough; photographs help portray the damage in a way that is much more relatable.

  12. genialosa
    genialosa ·

    I hadn´t courage to come out to take pictures back to the damaged sites after the earthquake, it wasn´t fun!!!
    Yo no tuve valor de salir a tomar fotos lomo a los lugares dañados tras el terremoto, no era divertido!! /

  13. genialosa
    genialosa ·

    pero te felicito por hacer el registro.
    Saludos

  14. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    great work in documenting such a horrible tragedy

  15. stouf
    stouf ·

    Amazing report on a terrible event ! And nice project too.

  16. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    very well done.

  17. lomoteddy
    lomoteddy ·

    superb work, thoughtful, thank you

  18. disdis
    disdis ·

    Ojala no hubiera fotos de ese terremoto... significaría que no pasó nada... aunque una vez pasado es bueno que lo veamos los que no lo vivimos. Gracias!

  19. redbohemia
    redbohemia ·

    Amazing job you've done here...

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