Departures

Spring 2012 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Jason Weingart

 

Amid the Devastation

On April 27, 2011 an EF-4 tornado devastated the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The twister left fifty-two dead and many more injured as it tore a path straight through the heart of the city.

In January of 2012, I traveled to Tuscaloosa for a tornado outbreak that was forecast for the area. Surprisingly, I found that many of the places hit look exactly as they did just after the original storm; children's toys, people's possessions, even food that from the demolished homes is still lies in the street. It's extremely saddening knowing what these people had to face that day, and each day since.







Jason Weingart
Jason Weingart
Jason Weingart
Jason Weingart
Jason Weingart
Jason Weingart
 




Jason Weingart
 

Many buildings are left in shambles; others are simply piles of rubble, while some were wiped clean from their foundation. As I walked through the destruction, the smell of garbage, rotting food, and death, was unmistakable.

While photographing the damage, I was approached by a number of residents asking why they weren't receiving any help, and why their neighborhoods still look like they did on that fateful day. I couldn't offer them any answers, only kind words and the promise that I would show people the painful memories they are faced with every day in Tuscaloosa. The photos here could be taken on many streets in the area, as well as cities and towns across the state. These people still need help. I plan to return to the Tuscaloosa, at the conclusion of this spring semester, to volunteer time helping with the cleanup. It will take years for Tuscaloosa to recover.

 

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