Becci Manson @ TED: (Re)touching lives through photos

Schöner TED-Talk von Foto-Composer Becci Manson, die nach dem Tsunami nach Japan reiste und bei Aufräumarbeiten jede Menge halb zerstörter Fotografien sammelte. Dann rief sie eine Aktion ins Leben, in der hunderte Freiwillige auf der ganzen Welt die Bilder wieder herstellten. Der Talk hat mich mehr berührt, als ich gedacht hätte, wahrscheinlich, weil ich seit über 15 Jahren mit Photoshop arbeite und exakt weiß, was sie meint, wenn sie davon redet, einen Kimono aus Pixelfetzen praktisch manuell neu zu „malen“.

Snip aus ‘nem Interview auf dem TED-Blog:

“Reiko Yamada brought us her photos one day in Rikuzentakata. Her home had been destroyed by the wave, but she and her three children managed to escape to safety. The wave ripped the second story off their house and washed it away. When they eventually found the top of the house, the photos were still inside and Reiko managed to salvage them. Although she accidentally smudged them as she tried to clean them herself, retouchers from Singapore and Australia helped restore them.”

Overall Manson says, “These stories always emphasize for me the importance photos have to people. It’s not always about the fact that it’s a photo of a certain person or event. It can often just be about the immediate memories the image conjures and evokes — like a certain smell or sound. Our connection to them is so much deeper than most of us realize.”

Saving the photographs of those who lost their homes and loved ones in the Japanese tsunami