Faces of the Flood

Today I went down to Bow Crescent in Bowness, again basements and some main floors of houses devastated. People are doing their best to get the water out as fast as they can so maybe they don’t have to knock down their property. The overwhelming support has been felt across the city with volunteers showing up on door steps to help with the clean up of random home owners. I would think this happens everywhere, but then again… Who knows. All I can say it is amazing to witness the community pulling together. So here are some of the faces from Bow Crescent. Please give it up to all the volunteers and victims, everyone is working hard.

Don - Bow Crescent

Don – Bow Crescent

Scott - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Scott – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Chris - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Chris – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Brian - Bow Crescent Home Owner

Brian – Bow Crescent Home Owner

Adam. Jake, Conner, and Josh - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Adam. Jake, Conner, and Josh – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Nancy and Brent - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Nancy and Brent – Bow Crescent Volunteers

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Trisha and Sabrina - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Trisha and Sabrina – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Darren - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Darren – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Jamie and Marcus - Bow Crescent Residents

Jamie and Marcus – Bow Crescent Residents

Carolina, Amanda, Kat Steven and Curt - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Carolina, Amanda, Kat Steven and Curt – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Rodger, Darren, Danielle, and Murry - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Rodger, Darren, Danielle, and Murry – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Pat and Dave - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Pat and Dave – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -Bow Crescent Volunteers

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -Bow Crescent Volunteers

Natalie, Erika and Alyssia - Bow Crescent Volunteers

Natalie, Erika and Alyssia – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Karolina and Kirsten -  Bow Crescent Volunteers

Karolina and Kirsten – Bow Crescent Volunteers

Dustin -  Bow Crescent Volunteer

Dustin – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Alex -  Bow Crescent Volunteer

Alex – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Bruce - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Bruce – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Sara -  Bow Crescent Volunteer

Sara – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Crystal -  Bow Crescent Volunteer

Crystal – Bow Crescent Volunteer

Maria - Bow Crescent Volunteer

Maria – Bow Crescent Volunteer

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49 responses to “Faces of the Flood

  1. Kat

    Shaun, this is a wonderful way to capture what our city is capable of when it comes to helping strangers. Thank you for being down there!!! We are proud to be in a city that rallies!
    Your photos are fantastic and even after hours of hard work to get one step further to normalcy, you managed to capture the smiles in everyone.
    The river flooding was devastating but now the streets are flooded with love. Take that rain!
    -Karolina, Amanda, Kat, Curt and Steve

  2. Judy

    how beautifully touching! Especially for us that are up the road in Edmonton and have limited capacity for getting our hands dirty. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Darren

    Shaun, great job on this. I am in one of these pictures (Darren) and think this is a spectacular way to demonstrate the Calgary community. We get so caught up in putting the effort forward, but without these images the experience only becomes a memory. Look forward to seeing more.

  4. Lisa

    Beautiful pictures! Great idea!

  5. erin

    i love calgary. almost everyone is smiling. ❤

  6. lyndsaywasko

    What a fantastic idea! Love it.

  7. JellyBoBelly

    Reblogged this on The Middle Age Spread and commented:
    Beautiful photos of beautiful people. I just had to share. ❤ ❤ ❤

  8. What a great way to take a negative and make it into a positive.. Great Job!
    I hope Bowness Park gets back to its beautifulness.. It was my favorite place to go when I lived in Calgary.

  9. Melanie

    The most precious picture to me is the one of the four young teen boys. Brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Steve

    wonderful work!

  12. I recognise my neighbours..and I know that Cynthia has an amazing generous heart, as do her children..Way to go neighbours.

  13. Alberta Strong – go Calgary!!!

  14. Cate Ridley

    You brought tears of joy to my face, Shaun. Goes to show the Western spirit is alive and well. Wonderful idea – great photos.

  15. Reblogged this on The Garter Girls and commented:
    We have been honoured to have been photographed by Shaun. Check out his beautiful portraits showcasing the true spirit of Calgarians in the midst of our recovery.
    #yycflood #calgarystrong

  16. Jess Albers

    Great pics, Shaun. You captured the love!

  17. indacampo

    Reblogged this on In Da Campo and commented:
    Reblogging photos of some of the face involved in cleaning up after the Calgary flood. Check them out!

  18. its so good to know that people help…and lovely of you to capture these essence of humanity. congratulations on being freshly pressed and to these volunteers

  19. This is awesome, thank you for sharing! I used to live in Calgary while attending SAIT, 10 years ago. I still miss home 🙂 Thank you for portraying the silver lining following the flood waters. I’m proud to be Canadian!

  20. From the other side of the world: Well done people!

  21. There’s something very comforting about your subjects’ ability to smile in the midst of this disaster. I especially love to see teenagers volunteering. It sends a very positive message. Well done.

  22. What happy mud covered smiles!! Thanks for sharing the faces of volunteers. Makes me feel optimistic about the world when I see such generosity for strangers!!

  23. I love these pictures. Thanks for showing us these kind and giving people.

  24. I always find it pleasant when people help each other in times difficulties. Thank you for sharing this very inspiring post.

  25. Loved these photos. The community spirit shines through. And it’s great.

  26. Thanks for posting these pictures. I hope these volunteers know how appreciated they are to assist the people in this sad times in their lives. Shows us there are many good people out there, right?

  27. Brilliant way to record everyone’s input and to show appreciation. I love it when communities come together. Sending all my best wishes from the UK!

  28. Very touching post. Lovely photos:)

  29. 2812 photography

    I love this series. I particularly like the laid back feel of it. It’s a simple backdrop and you let the people tell the story. Really well done.

  30. It feels so good see the grit and determination of these great people when we are tottering on the edge of a Himalayan catastrophe in India. A great post about the intrinsic goodness and courage of man.

  31. You’re very lucky to have a great group of volunteers to come to the rescue! =) This past week my MIL’s house flooded and we all went down to help the neighborhood with pumps, etc. What a way to get the basement cleaned out of all 3 kids stuff. .. (sorry, humor is my defense). Sadly, my husband lost a lot of his art.
    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  32. Great images and a worthwhile project. I like the simple and very very effective backdrop.

  33. Congrats on being ‘Freshly Pressed’. Lovely shots. You may/may not know that there were flash floods and unprecedented devastation of our hills in North India just this June. In this case, the army and of course, the locals were the heroes. I and my family luckily returned just a few days before disaster struck. Sadly, others were not so lucky.

  34. Great to see tha someone was able to capture and give recognition to volunteers that are fixing up what looks like an amazing community.

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  36. Beverly Hills Graphic Design

    Great article and great pictures!

  37. KristerP

    My hat off to you – an excellent series of photos 🙂

  38. My husband and I are former Calgarians, and it’s been amazing to see the strong, hard-working community of Calgary come together to help everyone out. These photos were a wonderful way to put some faces to that amazing community.
    Keep up the amazing work everyone!!

  39. Amazing photos it really humanizes the flood and is effects.

  40. Teared up as I saw all those muddy smiling faces. The spirit of this city really does make it a fantastic place to live (come hell or high water). Warmed my heart to see young and old in it together. The group of boys caught my eye, is the kid wearing an Oilers shirt because he loves the Oilers, or did someone say “put on clothes you don’t mind wrecking”?

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