Aftermath

February 3rd, 2014
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Chris Nary, left, is comforted by neighbor Lynne Westlake outside the burned remains of Nary's townhouse unit on Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Ewa.  A two-alarm fire late Saturday night had firefighters responding to a blaze that tore through the four-unit complex, leaving Nary and her husband Ben with nothing left.  (Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Jamm Aquino).

Chris Nary, left, is comforted by neighbor Lynne Westlake outside the burned remains of Nary's townhouse unit on Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Ewa. A two-alarm fire late Saturday night had firefighters responding to a blaze that tore through the four-unit complex, leaving Nary and her husband Ben with nothing left. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Jamm Aquino).

Yesterday I photographed the aftermath of a housefire that ravaged through a townhouse complex in Ewa.  One of the couples, Chris and Ben Nary, were left with nothing but the clothes on their back.  Collectibles, musical instruments, documents--everything one holds dear to the heart and security that one calls home was gone.

I made the photo above, taking care not to overstep my boundary with my being there, and was immediately heartbroken with the gravity of the situation.  Our reporter Sarah and I talked with Chris' husband, Ben, and he had mentioned that he lost his drums, collectible model trains and LEGOs--everything.

Everything.

It's so hard to fathom the feeling they felt, yet bitterly real at the same time.  They escaped with their pets and lives, but the home is where the heart is, and this fire literally cleaved it into pieces.

I did my best to put the camera down when I needed to, but it is stories like these that really get to my emotions.  Later that night, I couldn't shake Chris Nary's voice when she had said "I lost everything."

This really checked my reality as a human being, and not just a photojournalist.

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2 Responses to “Aftermath”

  1. kaimiloa:

    I enjoy your photos and the stories and lives they capture. Have you considered sharing the lenses and settings you use? It would be interesting and helpful for novice photographers like myself.


  2. Jamm Aquino:

    Kaimiloa,
    Thank you for your input. I actually did used to put the equipment and settings from previous posts but have been neglecting to do so in more recent times. I will post the settings and equipment I use on my next and future posts! Thanks for reading the blog!


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