Warning to anyone reading this post, some of the photos in this story are graphic.
The digital story I selected to critique this week is called Digital Story Critique 7: ‘Lest We Forget’: Carol Guzy. Carol Guzy is a photographer who posted a story of the pets that were left behind during the evacuation from Hurricane Katrina. Her photos show the sadness and fear of the abandoned pets, and the love and joy of rescued animals and pets reunited with their families. It also shows the death and devastation left behind by the forces of nature.
I chose this particular story because it relates to my focus of viewing the world through a digital lens. It is also a heart-wrenching story about what happens when we aren’t prepared for devastating weather or events.
To critique this digital story, I chose the following criteria from Jason Ohler’s Digital Storytelling Assessments page: Story, RStory, Content understanding, and Originality, voice, & creativity.
|Digital Story Evaluation Criteria|
|Story||How well did the story work?||10|
|Content understanding||How well did the author convey an understanding of the material addressed?||10|
|Originality, voice, creativity||How creative was the production? Did the author exhibit an original sense of voice and a fresh perspective?||10|
This story proves the old idiom “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Each story shows the emotions of its subjects, whether that is a rescuer, a stranded pet, a resident, or a rescued pet. These photos do an amazing job of telling the story of the pets that were left behind during the evacuation after hurricane Katrina, which is why I gave it a 10.
The author obviously understood her content. She showed the story of the pets through their eyes, the eyes of those that love them, and the eyes of those that rescued them. You can’t help but feel for everyone affected by this storm, people and animals alike.
As for originality, voice, and creativity, I gave it a 10 because this author just nailed it.
One of the things I found very interesting about this story is the fact that the after effects of hurricane Katrina changed how evacuation plans are executed in regards to pets. During this evacuation, people were told they could not bring their pets with them. Lives were lost because some people chose to stay with their pets instead of abandoning them. In other cases, pets were left behind and lost their lives due to the harsh conditions. Pets are now being considered in evacuation plans, because so many people consider their pets to be a part of their family. If you’d like to read more about the changes, here are a few articles for you:
- How Hurricane Katrina Turned Pets Into People
- Hurricane Katrina prompted a shift in pet rights
- How did Katrina change how we evacuate pets from disaster?