Being human requires more than shelter and food. When disaster strikes, shelter and food are among the first goods to be loaded on ships and planes, in order to help the victims. Necessary, but not sufficient, says the Photohoku project.
Peterson and other professional photographers travelled to the tsunami zone to do portrait sessions with families who had lost all their photos. Peterson used instant film to ensure families immediately had prints to fill the first few pages of a photo album.
The work brought a lot of smiles, along with something deeper. “We have seen with tsunami-affected families in Japan how this effort has had a positive emotional and psychological impact in providing a way for people affected by disaster to move forward,” Peterson says on the project website.(Source: Petapixel)
As an amateur photographer, I like this project (just hoping I never need their assistance). Clearing rubbish and rebuilding a life is an absolute necessity in such situations; having a means to build memories may be a great help to work towards a happier future.