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Worth a thousand words

Poster project brings healing, funds for tornado survivors

Tantasqua Regional High School teacher Larry LaBelle stands with senior Joel Kass, who made a poster featuring 1,000 photographs he took of tornado damage and recovery efforts on his grandmother’s property. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
February 01, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Tantasqua Regional High School senior Joel Kass took thousands of photos of the damage done to his grandmother's property by the June 1 tornado, and he is now hoping those images will assist other tornado survivors as well.

Kass, of Brimfield, took 5,000 photos of JoAnn Kass' property in the weeks and months following the tornado, capturing everything from the initial devastation to the rebuilding efforts. In a recent school project, he spent about three weeks using a computer program called AndreaMosaic to arrange 1,000 of those photos on a digital art template before printing them on a poster. Even more creative, the contrast between light and dark images helps viewers recognize the shape of a tornado in the background.

"I told my teacher about the photos I'd taken, and he thought it would be really cool if I could use a program to combine them all," Kass said. "I never imagined the images would look as good as they do."

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