Imagine your entire life has been uprooted by a natural disaster. You have lost everything – your home, your belongings, your car, and possibly even very close family members. You have nothing left and are now wondering where do you go from here.
We all talk about how important photographs are to us. How they remind us of our family, our friends, important events and places. We use them as markers of where we are from, where we are, and dream about where we are going. When the unthinkable happens, our lives are turned upside down and nothing can ever be the same.
In Japan, after the tsunami that cost so many their lives and others many times everything else, photo albums are washing ashore or being found in the rubble. Dedicated volunteers are painstakingly sifting through them, cleaning then, and drying them all in the hopes that someone will see the image and have something that reminds them of happier times returned to them.
To see more images, please see Family Photos A Poignant Reminder of Japan’s Loss.