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Last night was probably the most tragic night in Porvoo's history for a long time, as the big old cathedral burned down. =(

It all started at about 2 AM when I sat in front of my computer, and suddenly heard all kind of sirens at the same time; firetrucks, police cars and ambulances. I knew something was wrong, so I took a look out of my window. The sight was quite devastating; 5-10 metres high flames on top of the church. Even though it was a sad moment I just had to bring my camera to the window and start taking some shots. After filling the 1GB memory card once and emptying it to the hard drive, my friend called and wondered if I would like to go take some closer shots from the river. He came and pick me up and then we drove off. The sight from there was even more tragic, and I just knew there was nothing stopping the flames, as the roof had collapsed already. Luckily the brave firemen saved the church's interior almost entirely as the fire on the roof was tamed so quickly.

Today the police started investigating the fire, and it turned out that it had been started by someone from the outside. =( I mean what goes through a person's mind when he/she decides to burn a 800-year old church? It's sick! Hopefully the police catches that person soon.

The repair cost of the church is estimated to be around 10 million euros, and the repairs will be ready in 2009.

This shot is dedicated to all the hardworking and brave firemen that saved the church from being more destroyed. You are our heroes!

I sent the best shots to different newspapers this morning, so tomorrow we'll see if any of them got published.

Paavo

Camera:EOS 20D
Lens:Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM L
Recording media:Sandisk Ultra II 1GB
Title:A Tragic Night
Username:solkku solkku
Uploaded:29 May 2006 - 1:37 PM
Tags:Photo journalism
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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2006 - 1:42 PM

Great description, excellent record shot. Will you be posting any of the devastation?
This is very evocative.
Jon

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thorn
thorn  9124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2006 - 2:02 PM

Hi Paavo,this is an excellent shot and brilliantly captured during what must have been a really tragic incident full of people rushing around.So sorry to read about your cathedral and night of mayhem.We don't know what goes through their minds as we wouldn't dream of doing it.I agree well done to all the heroes and hardworking people that saved your cathedral being destroyed more than it was.Brilliant piece of photo journalism.Take care.AnnSmile

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ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2006 - 2:06 PM

Good graphic image, great impact from its simplicity.

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TheImagepoint
29 May 2006 - 2:13 PM

good luck on getting it published...great !

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yoguko
yoguko  9302 forum posts United Kingdom
29 May 2006 - 2:39 PM

Excellent. Good tribute as well.

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
29 May 2006 - 10:04 PM

It is all to common pyromania. Great dramatic picture.

Peter

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skydivemike
30 May 2006 - 12:04 AM

Well done and said mate.

Mike

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old timer
old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2006 - 3:48 AM

What a dramatic shot, Paavo, and a sad tale.
Jim

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Kordis
Kordis  8
30 May 2006 - 8:57 AM

|| Great composition and story.love it ||

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Hawkgenes
Hawkgenes  9 United Kingdom
30 May 2006 - 9:27 AM

It certaily is tragic to see something as old as that go up in flames, especially at the hands of a yob.

You achieved a great picture though. You were certainly in the right place at the right time, photographically speaking.

Hawk

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