As a photojournalist in the South, we see and cover a lot of natural disaster in the form of tornadoes. After the April 2011 storms that devastated Tuscaloosa, no one here wants to take any chances. Some would say as a result of our mindset, we overreact at the mere hint of a strong storm, but it’s not unwarranted. You weren’t there. You didn’t lose everything.
In March this year another series of tornadoes touched down in East Alabama. Jacksonville State University, the surrounding neighborhoods, and some of the small communities just outside the city, like Angel and Hollingsworth, were devastated. Covering the disaster was difficult. Some people lost everything, but it was an honor to tell their stories of survival.