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Exhibit Tells Stories of June 1 Tornado Victims

TornadoPicturesSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — We’ve seen so many pictures of the damage caused by the June 1 Tornado, but one Springfield photographer wanted to showcase something else, the people affected by the damage.

The exhibition “Their Stories” is currently on display at Springfield Technical Community College.

Photographer Morocco Flowers had each of his subjects write their story to go along with their picture.

Included in those pictures, a pastor whose church was spared major damage even though every building around it was destroyed.

Bruce Shaw with the New Hope Pentecostal Church in Springfield told us, “Through every tragedy I think there’s a silver lining and the silver lining in this case is even though tragedy happened we’re able to repair, rebuild and come back stronger.”

“My friend said you should go take pictures of the destruction and I said well there’s lots of people taking pictures of the destruction, I’m only interested in connecting with the people who were affected by it and that’s where this project came into mind,” explains Flowers.

The exhibit at the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at STCC runs through March 1.  It’s free and open to the public.


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