Since I travel to homicides and natural disasters on occasion, I’ve started to turn my iPhone camera to faces of people around the disaster. These onlookers live with violence. Sometimes it is man-made, sometimes it comes from nature. I also take pictures of animals and of *things* if those things humanize disaster. I’m a journalist but this is not really journalism. It is just observation, filtered through an iPhone and sometimes with aps like Instagram, Picframe and Afterlight.I’m doing this for a few reasons. For one thing, I prefer to stand around with the neighbors at scenes and disasters. It’s a great way to make contacts and talk to people about issues in the area. Crime in particular draws people out of their homes who otherwise would be inside. I’m a writer, so taking photos of onlookers is a little out of my comfort zone. Ugh — that means it’s good for me somehow.
I’ve been doing this since April.
Below are onlooker pictures from a homicide scene from June 7, 2013 and a little information about the crime scene.
A resident told police he saw a sleeping bag at Meadow Park Apartments, 1105½ W Interstate 240 Service Road, on Friday morning before he left for work. There was a body inside, police later discovered. Police arrived and residents stood around for hours. Parents held young children and teens watched as the medical examiner carted away the body. That level of violence was surprising for the complex, the residents told me.