The Accidental Photojournalist

A wedding photographer happened to be doing a shoot just as China’s recent earthquake hit, and he captured a series of remarkable and bizarre pictures.

Wang had just photographed the bride and groom and was waiting for them to change their clothes when the ground started shaking. Wang’s photos depict the church crumbling, with huge chunks falling off.

“I shouted to people, ‘Run! Run!'” Wang said Thursday night by phone. “The ground shook and we couldn’t see anything in the dust.”

Most of the church “collapsed in 10 seconds,” said Wang, who lives in Chengdu, capital of hard-hit Sichuan province.

One of Wang’s photos shows a half-cracked, half-shattered church facade with its ruins spilling from the front door. Clouds of dust from the magnitude-7.9 earthquake float in the air.

When the dust settled, everyone stood up and realized they were all safe, Wang said. His photos show them standing in disbelief, covering their mouths, wiping dust from their hair. A bride from another photo shoot pulls up her dress, revealing sneakers.

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