Comments on: Choking back the horror http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: aaroblue http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-344017 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:48:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-344017 Tom, I am at awe at reading your article. Your observations are descriptive as well as poetic. I too want to thank-you for putting yourself in harms way. Thanks and prayers for your safety. Your stories will impact the world.

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By: blileycontactpi http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-343847 Sat, 16 Jan 2010 13:47:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-343847 Beautiful piece Thomas. I feel new respect for you guys.

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By: Adro http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-343164 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 07:08:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-343164 This is brilliant mix of writing and images. To see it all, even the stuff you didn’t capture on a film, but then synthesise it, is the mark of a great news photographer. Well done.

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By: khiromi http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-343146 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:32:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-343146 Tom,
It was a painful disaster, and reading what you’ve gone through reminds me of the fear. The first photograph of a crying lady and bodies of children, it leads me imagine that it’s happened all over the place. Each of your photographs and writing tell us a lot of stories. Thank you for sharing.

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By: EMS http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-343128 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 19:49:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-343128 Thanks for sharing this with us Tom. Your words convey the horror of what you saw clearly and its good to hear what the voice behind the lens has to say..although your pictures give a very good narrative on their own.

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By: Johnmatus http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-343060 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 20:42:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-343060 Thomas
Very moving piece. “To the point” writing. It really puts everything in perspective. Unlike Katerina, Phuket did not allow the businesses and homes to be rebuilt in the same vulnerable site. It is hard to imagine 225K people parished in one day.

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By: auskearney http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-342929 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 03:07:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-342929 Great piece, particularly the poignant pen portrait of you walking back through Customs at Changi airport “barefooted and broken” – what a contrast of our times.

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By: shootsam http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-342808 Sat, 02 Jan 2010 12:25:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-342808 thomas, hats off to u that in such conditions u were able to not only create images that honestly speak to me as if ON BEHALF of the people that suffered, as well as telling ur story wonderfully thru ur compositions at the same time…

as importantly, i was moved to read ur sincere, matter-of-factly report of the devastation and the human emotions u faced while doing ur job as a photographer. as one myself, i have new found n deep respect for what u folks do- with courage, risk, sincerity.

we do indeed live in a selfish world n it takes images n reports like urs, to make one believe things are worse of for so many than our own menial issues…

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By: jenpev http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-342554 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 07:34:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-342554 I, too, dodged the bullet and feel your pain. Your pictures told a thousand words for those that parished, injured and paralysed, orphaned, widowed, and traumatized by the tsunami.  

Thank you Tom… I’m humbled to be alive. Your pictures brought back memories of the horrific moments and how fragile life is. Most importantly, it provided closure to those that have lost their loved ones to the tsunami.

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By: denisekmckinnon http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/12/28/choking-back-the-horror/comment-page-1/#comment-342519 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 18:27:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15157#comment-342519 Tom, thank you for giving us an honest and heart-wrenching glimpse into the experiences and emotions a photographer must face when capturing the horrific images of disaster and destruction. I have often wondered how photographers are able to cope with such situations. I suspected that the camera would act a a shield and buffer during the shooting, but at the end of the day, the camera comes off and the reality must surely set in. Thank you for taking photos that enlighten us, and for writing about what must have been a very difficult story to re-visit.

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