By 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.
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.