|Seeing Red: Photo by Tomas Benedikovic/Isifa/ Getty Images|
Natural disasters like mudslides are often horrific, but they usually come in earth tones. A mudslide that is red has another meaning entirely, one that we don't have to think hard about to understand. Seeing a picture like the one above, by Tomas Benedikovic for Isifa/Getty Images, is enough.
It isn't surprising then that so many pictures have been turning up in portfolios on news websites. Here is a collection of six particularly effective shots gleaned from some of those sites. Each, in its own way, communicated fear and loathing, red and dread.
1. Beauty and the Burst
|An aerial view of the damaged reservois: Photo by Sandor H Szabo/AP|
2. Sludge Report
|A firefighter empties his boot: Photo by Lajos Nagy/EPA|
3. Dead Planet
|Near the village of Kolontar, Photo by Bela Szandelszky/AP|
4. Air Presumptive
|A Hungarian Soldier: Photo by Bela Szandelszky/AP|
5. Crimson Side
|High-water mark, October 5: Photo byWaltraud Holzfeind/Greenpeace/Reuters|
6. Hue and Sigh
|A resident rests: Photo by Tamas Kovacs/EPA|