Typhoon Haiyan

Janssen Powers is passionate about telling stories through photos and film and his latest project definitely shows that passion. Powers was recently given the opportunity to film the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the result is an incredible and moving experience illustrating a story of destruction and resilience.

Typhoon Haiyan

One month after Typhoon Haiyan tore through six islands in the Philippines, the death toll has been rising by the hour and almost 2,000 people are still missing, according to government figures released over the weekend.

More than 12 million people have been affected by the monster typhoon that left behind catastrophic scenes of destruction and despair when it struck the islands on November 8. It left entire communities without immediate access to food and medical care.

If this video doesn’t move you, then maybe you shouldn’t read on..

Typhoon Haiyan from Janssen Powers on Vimeo.

Janssen Powers from Seattle was asked to document the aftermath of the tropical storm that caused catastrophic damage.

And indeed he did – in a powerful and amazing way.

With visuals that not only illustrate a story, Powers has created a short video that also captures the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan and appropriately encapsulates the feelings of the inhabitants that were effected.

“Natural disasters are grizzly things. There’s no two ways about it. With little warning they appear, and when they leave they almost always take lives with them. There’s no one to blame, and often times there’s little that can be done in terms of preparation. After typhoon Haiyan destroyed the Philippines I was asked to document the aftermath. Naturally, I intended to capture a story of destruction. What I found however, was a story of resilience.

“I hope this story encourages you to be thankful for what you have. Not just that you have a good job or a nice car, but simply thankful that you’re alive and have people around you to share your life with.”
Janssen Powers.