Beyond the Photo – Tuscaloosa Tornado

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Path of tornado through Tuscaloosa. Mall is to the top right and hospital is top left.

Path of tornado through Tuscaloosa. Mall is to the top right and hospital is top left.

Photographs mean different things to different people. Two people can be looking at the same image and both see something completely different. If you view photographs with this understanding it can open new insights into “what you get” from a particular photo.

With all the storms and tornadoes in our area (Alabama) the past few days I went back and revisited some photos I took after the April 27, 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado. I found one image in particular that was interesting. It was an image of a Bible laying amongst the rubble. Someone actually made a comment to the page the Bible was open, Psalm 18. When photographing such things I always leave things as I found them and never “stage” photos.

Anyway, below is the photo, Psalm 18 and a link to the original post. I will not go any further into detail and let you get out of the photo what you will. Feel free to comment below.

A bible lays in the ruins in the rubble from someones home in Tuscaloosa. This was how I found it... It was open to Psalm 18.

A bible lays in the ruins in the rubble from someones home in Tuscaloosa. This was how I found it… It was open to Psalm 18.

ORIGINAL POST – http://www.earlb.com/blog/2011/06/tuscaloosa-tornado-images/

Psalm 18 

I will love You, O Lord, my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

4 The pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

5 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

7 Then the earth shook and trembled;
The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken,
Because He was angry.

8 Smoke went up from His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With darkness under His feet.

10 And He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
He flew upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness His secret place;
His canopy around Him was dark waters
And thick clouds of the skies.

12 From the brightness before Him,
His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.

13 The Lord thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.

14 He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,
Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.

15 Then the channels of the sea were seen,
The foundations of the world were uncovered
At Your rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

16 He sent from above, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my support.

19 He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.

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  • Charla May 8, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Goosebumps!

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