After the Storm – One Year Later

It happened on October 29, 2012. The sound of the wind coming from the darkness outside was deafening and then the power went out. They stayed in the basement of their home, praying that no trees fell on it. In the distance, the skies lit up as power transformers literally caught on fire and blew up around the neighborhood. They just wanted to fall asleep and have it all be over, but in racing minds were the “what ifs.” As in, how would they get out of there if they had to, how would anyone ever come to help them if they needed help? Sleep was not happening. Not for them in their dry home, certainly not for others who had evacuated their own homes, or worse, were fighting to stay alive as their homes filled with water or burned to the ground.

Morning came, and the weather calmed down, but people were only beginning to find out what had happened during the night. As the days and weeks unfolded, the images of what happened that fateful night began to appear, and many discovered that they had been so incredibly fortunate. Living without power was a mere inconvenience compared to having lost everything.

By now, you probably realize that I’m talking about Hurricane or “Superstorm” Sandy. In the beginning, I didn’t want to take photos of what had happened. I didn’t want to take photos of the grief that people were suffering. As time went by, however, I realized that I had to start documenting things the best way I could, through a camera.

There are several series of photographs here, ranging from just a few months after the storm, until just yesterday, October 15, 2013. I felt the need to mark the one year anniversary of Sandy and show that things are far from being back to normal. There are many people and businesses that were able to rebuild, but the word of the day isn’t “normal,” it’s “different.” For the many who aren’t back to different yet, there are houses being elevated, piles of debris being removed, and businesses still unable to open.

How does that old saying go? A picture is worth a thousand words?

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October 27, 2013

ecadphoto

Alvera, it's terrible. I guess the system is overburdened, I don't know. I'm seeing many articles surfacing now about these problems and how people are just stuck with nothing they can do.

October 20, 2013

Alvera

I am near you and all those people with all my heart and soul. A great nation and you can not deal with the insurance companies?!

October 17, 2013

Maocheng

I see......

October 17, 2013

Edosaodaro

Interesting shots - certainly tell a story...
Thanks for sharing...
Edosa

October 17, 2013

Lenutaidi

After the storm comes the sun! So this is life...Congratulations mood you had shooting these pictures! Thank you for sharing!

October 16, 2013

ecadphoto

Rigsby8131, thank you. My family was extremely fortunate. We suffered no permanant damages. I know people though that lost their homes completely, got little to no money from insurance and things like that. I wanted people to see a lot of what the media doesn't portray - that there are still people hurting here and all is not yet "restored."

I am glad that I got out to shoot these photos. At this point, I think the people want the world to see that the recovery is not complete.

October 16, 2013

Rigsby8131

It must have been a terrible experience to go through. I understand you saying you didn't want to take photographs but I feel it is important for us as photographers to document these disasters. However, that is easy for me to say not being there.

I hope things get back to normal soon.

Best wishes
Chris.

October 16, 2013

ecadphoto

Thank you Qin0377!

October 16, 2013

Qin0377

This is indeed a memorable day! I want people to get rid of as soon as possible the impact restore life! Your picture is great!

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