Photographer's Note

“When did you book this???”

This is the question I was greeted with by the owner of the apartment in Todiano where I was going to stay. She assumed that every reasonable person had cancelled their booking after the earthquake of 24 August 2016. But… I’m not a reasonable person.

I decided to stop my diary from pre and post-earthquake Nepal in order to upload a few photos from a trip to Umbria two weeks ago.

The evening after my arrival I took this image of the beautiful Preci, one of the most amazing Italian hilltop towns. The signs of destruction were visible everywhere I went, from the first moment I had arrived in Umbria: collapsed walls, fresh piles of rubble… But from a distance and at dusk Preci looked as peaceful as a year earlier, in May 2015, when I saw it for the first time. The houses and the little church seemed intact and the streetlights created an impression of daily life still going on as it had for centuries.

Closer look the next morning revealed a less idyllic reality. Preci is closed for visitors and inhabitants alike. Those who used to live there have moved away or were allocated temporary accommodation. Tape and fences surround the old town, guarded by the Carabinieri.

Nine months on, Umbria is still suffering from the devastation caused by the natural disaster.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1182 W: 2 N: 1932] (12017)
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