photo by Johnny Madden
I saw the movie Cloverfield the weekend it came out. I’m a bit of a sucker for movies that show major metropolitan cities being destroyed. Just like in Cloverfield, real-life disasters — like the fire of Queen West yesterday — are being experienced by the general public in a whole new way these days: through the lens of amateur digital photography and video.
The mainstream media have traditionally dominated this type of news story, but nowadays the status of newspapers and TV stations has been reduced to a much smaller role because of hundreds, if not thousands, of other sources available for the public to consume.
As I walked through the Queen West fire scene yesterday, I noticed there were more photographers scurrying about than any other type of person (ie. sidewalk gawkers, firemen, police). A quick search of “Queen West fire” on the photo-sharing web site Flickr reveals over 500 photos, a number of them stunning. A few videos come up on Technorati including BlogTO’s raw video footage.
While the event was tragic for the tenants, land owners and retail stores, some amazing photos from the blaze were captured. Below, Spacing showcases some of the best, thanks to the photographers, with links to each of their collections.
Photo by Wylie Poon
See fire photos by Martin Reis
See fire photos by Greg Bolton
See fire photos by Anil Kanji
See fire photos by David Pritchard
See fire photos by Jon Lasiuk
See fire photos by Joyce
See fire photos by Taxing
See fire photos by Wylie Poon