A strange sensation. Everything starts to move, you run, flee from the roof that once sheltered you so it doesn’t trap you underneath. There is no safe place.
On April 16, 2016,, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador, making it one of the strongest the country has ever experienced. From that moment on, nothing would ever be the same.
Seven point Eight is a tribute book that compiles a series of instant pictures taken of the survivors, on which the subjects have handwritten their accounts of the tragedy. Additional photographs have also been included to contextualize the affected areas. The time required for this type of photograph to develop is the same amount of time it took for the earthquake to alter the lives of thousands of people.
The narrative that Misha Vallejo and Isadora Romero tell through this photobook moves slowly; it is a time for recollection and remembrance, for feeling the absences and understanding how this violent shaking of the earth altered everything forever.