After the dust… very soon after

Remember that freaky red dust storm in Australia a couple of weeks ago? Before New York’s cruel early winter weather and the Balloon Boy drama?

In case you don’t, here’s a 40-page magazine already created about it.

Strange Light

Strange Light Issue 1: Photos from the Great Australian Dust Storm is published by Derek Powazek through MagCloud – you can see the issue here.

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The intro reads: “Strange light fell over Australia on 23 September 2009. An unexpected dust storm blanketed New South Wales and Queensland, turning everything an eerie shade of amber. At its peak, the storm swept up 140,000 tons of soil per hour. In spite of the worst dust storm in 70 years, intrepid photographers ventured outside to document what was happening to their homes, neighborhoods, and country. This is what they saw.”

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While I have to wonder if it’s a bit quick to be publishing a well-edited body of work from this event, I’m also in awe of how swiftly collections can come together now thanks to web-based platforms. For just $6, it seems like a steal, but having never purchased from MagCloud, I can’t vouch for the printing or paper stock.

Thanks to Dooce.com for first posting about it.


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