At first, I thought they were before the tsunami/ after the tsunami pictures, I compared conditions before and after and wondered what it would be like to see a scene I'm familiar with destroyed beyond recognition. I was again humbled by the events.
However, the pictures didn't quite jive. Buildings that appeared in the tsunami pictures didn't exist in the non-tsunami pictures. Now granted, I have no doubt that a tsunami that can move ships far inland can move houses and buildings with abandon. But...
So I read the caption and realized that these were pictures of the recovery's before and after: before - March 2011 and after - January to February 2012.
My whole perspective changed. This is no longer a story simply of a people and a country faced with the task of picking up the pieces; this is a story of a people who have done much to rise from the ashes. This is a story of hope and courage and of a people who have faced their challenges and are moving on. It's a beautiful and moving commentary on the human spirit.
I highly recommend it.
You can view the series here.