Diigo Blog » China Earthquake ~ A picture is worth a thousand words

by Yule Heibel on May 18, 2008

Maggie Tsai of Diigo has kept the Diigo community up to speed on her and the Diigo team’s experience of the recent earthquake in Sichuan province. Diigo is headquartered in Reno, Nevada, but also has a development team in Chengdu. Maggie herself has been traveling in the area, and it has been reassuring to hear that while the team can’t yet return to its high-rise offices (which have cracks and are too unsafe since there are still aftershocks of magnitudes up to 6), they’re back at work in temporary facilities.

Today I opened my browser and saw this new post from Maggie, via the Diigo blog: Diigo Blog » China Earthquake ~ A picture is worth a thousand words. Maggie’s source for the photos she posted is a Chinese-language news source, and not knowing that language I would never have seen the pictures if Maggie hadn’t blogged them (I gather they’re also on flickr, but still…). They’re so incredible because of the conjunction of special or extraordinary events (wedding, earthquake) and the photographer’s ability to continue shooting photos throughout, I felt I should repost her pointer.

Click through on the link to see the before shot of bride and groom, followed by portions of the church facade coming down in huge chunks, the rubble, and a poignant photo of the bride, covered in dust, sheltering with her hand the head of a man (the groom?) near the ground, while she sits upright in her white gown (now covered with rubble dust) and surveys an incredible scene of jagged construction debris. Her hair color has gone from vibrant black to coated-in-dust gray.

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