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Boxes from below

Church volunteers unload relief supplies, including boxes of biscuits, at a Methodist church in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. The December 26, 2004, tsunami left devastation behind along most of the island nation's coastline.

One of the things I stress in my photography workshops is that the photographer is challenged to take pictures of things we’ve all seen before, but to do it in such a way that we see it freshly, anew. Take the unloading of boxes of relief goods at a church in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, following the tsunami. I was taking photos of the guys doing the unloading but just knew there was no visual magic happening. So I laid down on the grass between two of them and shot upward as they passed the boxes overhead. Any day that I can work laying down on the grass on a tropical island is a good day.

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