When my aunt sent me this article from the New York Times about Joplin, she suggested that I go find the house and take a few photos. I knew exactly which house the article was referring to and I really wanted to take photos.
I haven't photographed much of the destruction since June...it just hasn't felt right. But this is a really special place. And many of the destroyed places have been rebuilt or are in progress, so things are looking good in Joplin again. It looks like a scene from an art installation, and it feels a little erie wandering through the property. I felt like a trespasser, but amongst all the volunteer signatures, I felt like I was paying homage the memorial, dedicated to the people who spent hours cleaning up our city.
Please read the article above, it tells the story.
You can see a new home going up beside this one.
With frozen fingers, I juggled my iPhone and my Nikon to snap a few additional photos. I like some of these even more than the others....a different, edgier feel to the photos...a bit of redundancy, but still very moving.
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