Strange Light – Photos From the Great Australian Dust Storm


Within 48 hours of the dust storm that turned Sydney orange last week, Derek Powazek had published Strange Light, a magazine featuring beautiful photos of this rare event.

“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.”

“Powazek e-mailed about 70 Australian photographers to tell them he was assembling a magazine and ask if they would like to be involved. They weren’t offered any compensation — and only one turned him down.”

Derek describes the process of how he published the magazine using the print-on-demand service MagCloud. His project was recently featured in TIME Magazine.

via Laughing Squid

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