Sandy and I: A difficult relationship

November 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I live on the very northern tip of Manhattan, so I have been counting my blessings, as we did not experience any major inconveniences from the storm up here.

On the very day the storm hit, I received several request from national and international news outlets asking me to go out there and cover it.
 With my greatest frustration, I had to turn everybody down as I had been booked weeks before by a French production company to shoot something completely unrelated to Sandy…

As it happens, the French producer was in town already, stuck in a hotel without power or water.
So, after lending my own studio as a temporary production office, we ventured into New Jersey as soon as they re-opened the George Washington Bridge.

Although the images we were shooting in New Jersey were completely unrelated to the storm, I was able to take 1 (yes, one) decent photograph, from a ramp leading to the Lincoln Tunnel, illustrating an eerie and unusual Manhattan skyline, the Empire State being the only lit building.
 

After another couple of days of growing frustration at not being able to cover the events, still at work for the French production company, I finally managed to break free and reach Coney Island. There I photographed the painful clean-up operation, the sand-covered boardwalk and the many story-telling, somewhat surreal, everyday life object the storm had left scattered along the beach.

See a slideshow HERE

 


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