Reflections on Photographing Tragedy

October 30, 2014 4:06 PM

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Reflections on Photographing Tragedy

Last Friday morning I found myself frantically running out of the house to get to Marysville-Pilchuck High School. I arrived to find a chaotic, scary, and tragic scene. Another school shooting had happened in the U.S., and it was the second in Washington state this year. It was odd, in a way, as I found myself taking pictures while high school students broke down in tears. I've taken pictures of many similar scenes before, but something felt more strange on that day.

Tragedy had recently struck in my personal life. I had lost a cousin only days earlier, and he was much too young to go. I wondered, "What would my own family members think if they were the ones here at Marysville-Pilchuck High School being photographed? What if it were me?" It didn't feel wrong to ...

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