Starting two years ago, I’ve often cited Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” blog as proof for two personal theories: 1. Great photo-journalism works on the web. At times, even more powerfully than in print (but less frequently). 2. Great photography is rarely seen displayed correctly on the web because publishers try to turn them into slideshows to generate more page views.
Today, The Big Picture has a collection of 38 photographs that demonstrate to the world that Nashville’s flood is a disaster of epic proportions: something no other medium has yet been able to accomplish.
These photos are overwhelming.
Thank you to the many friends from across the country and “around the web” who have reached out to me in the past 24 hours regarding the Nashville flood. (The flooding started Saturday, but major media coverage didn’t kick in until Tuesday, making this the first disaster to be Tivo’d by national media outlets.)
Many people have asked where they should contribute. My friends at the website Nashvillest.com are constantly updating a comprehensive list of local organizations that are responding to the massive and widespread needs. If you know of others, visit that Nashvillest.com page and add them to the comments over there. Additionally, there are some efforts I’m calling “open source get-er-done” activities by the Nashville tech and social media communities that I’ll be pointing to later.
I (and Hammock Inc.) have have long supported two local organizations that we will continue to support in this disaster: The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (for cash contributions) and Hands on Nashville (for volunteer involvement).
Both organizations have the infrastructure, flexibility and scale to coordinate and distribute funds and volunteers in response to the widest possibility of needs. They both are set up to funnel resources to other organizations.
Again, there are many, many worthy groups and if you have a relationship with them, please support them.