When UBC went dark: The great blackout of 2012

Early this morning I was sitting in my room working away on my laptop when everything went dark. It was a strange feeling and as I processed the situation a variety of thoughts came into my mind – “Where did my wifi go?” “How long until my power comes back?” “Why didn’t I have a flashlight?” “Where are my keys?” “Didn’t I see this scene on Revolution?” “I’m hungry”. I quickly realised that this was a moment not to be missed.

After venturing out to assess the situation and briefly chatting with students studying by emergency lighting, I decided to grab my camera. It was a bit chilly as light flurries were falling and as I didn’t have a toque, I wasn’t able to get as many photos as I would have liked before power was restored. However, I was able to capture that moment when the lights came back on.

Main Mall - UBC Blackout 2012Main Mall

UBC Blackout 2012 UBC Emergency vehicle

UBC Blackout 2012
UBC Flagpole plaza

UBC Blackout 2012
Let there by light

Blackout Flickr set here.

About tyfn

Feb - Nov 2013 completed Velcade chemo treatment for my Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. I have been cancer-free since Nov 23, 2013. 5 year mission (Sept 2014-2019): To help Multiple Myeloma patients cope with cancer. Documentarian. Focus of this blog will be cancer, photography, emerging tech, and improving health care. They are all interrelated for me. UBC MSc Grad.
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