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Twisted Metal & Shattered Lives: Harrowing Timelapse Hits Home

By Anthony Thurston on January 8th 2014

Most of us have seen pictures here and there of the damage that a tornado can do to a community. It is different to see the damage so clearly, as in this harrowing timelapse produced by Eric Hines, a Photographer/Timelapse Cinematographer based out of Northwest Indiana. It is a beautiful video of an ugly reality of life in that part of the world.


On Sunday, November 17th, 2013, an EF4 tornado touched down in Washington, Illinois, destroying as many as 400 homes. Hines arrived in town the next morning to start documenting the destruction. The resulting video, a mixture of timelapse and standard footage, really struck me. The destructive power of mother nature is absolute, and if she decides she is going to throw a fit then watch out.

I stayed in town for two days shooting video and timelapse. At the end of the second day, I felt that I was starting to intrude by filming, and decided I had what I could get.

According to the description of the video, motion control was achieved using the Kessler Crane Cineslider paired with CineDrive. I think it worked well to capture this sort of destruction via timelapse, it seemed so surreal with the blue skies contrasting with the obvious destruction that had taken place just days earlier.

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Eric is known as one of the winners of the 2012 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest and his work has been featured on places like the Huffington Post and National Geographic. You can check out more of his work by visiting his website, or his facebook page.

What are your thoughts on this method of documenting destruction? Do you feel that it captures it in a unique way or does the “news” do the same? Share your thoughts below.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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