Hurricane Sandy Zombie Apocalypse

Hurricane Sandy Zombie Apocalypse

Hurricane Cyclone Noreaster Superstorm Sandy was a nice training session for the upcoming zombie apocalypse. First thing I learned is that I need more hobbies that don’t involve electricity. I developed some black and white film though. That was fun for a while. Here are a few snapshots of  my equipment and the finished negatives.

Developing black and white film in my sink during Hurricane Sandy

Developing black and white film in my sink during Hurricane Sandy

Developing black and white film in my sink during Hurricane Sandy

…final scan of a medium format black & white negative.

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

At night we burned as many candles as we could find. Leftover beer and snacks from our annual Halloween party helped the night along.

At one point we stopped at the local supermarket and they had absolutely no meat or dairy. Bizarre to witness. They either sold out prior to the storm or threw it all away because they couldn’t be kept cold without power.

Absolutely no fresh meat here, folks!

No dairy left. Come back when there's power.

Cabin fever was setting in so it was time to take a little drive. I fueled up prior to the hurricane, so we didn’t drive around in a panic.

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Lindsay and I made a variety of ridiculously unhealthy meals for the past few days. I think the healthiest meal was peanut butter & jelly sandwiches on whole grain bread. Filling. Not too salty. When we finally left the house on Halloween, we traveled to Clark, NJ and had lunch at Clark BBQ. This place is fantastic on a normal day and THE BEST MEAL EVER CONSUMED after being stuck inside for three days.

The photo of the PSE&G guy sitting at the lunch counter really sums up how exhausted and hungry everyone must feel trying to fix this mess. Good luck to everyone out there and remember to stay safe! There’s still a lot of power lines on the brink of coming down from excessive damage to the poles.

A tired PSE&G worker has lunch at Clark BBQ (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Photographing bands is an exciting way to have a night out and “work” at the same time. The Downrights are local and I think they have the goods. My ears are still ringing two days later and the last time that happened was at Ozzfest in the late 1990s. The amps were cranked to 11 that night!

Everyone was having a lot of fun on and off stage. It also changed my opinion of Kenilworth, New Jersey because I used to think there was absolutely nothing to do in that place.

View the gallery of photos from the show

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Union of Meg and Eric in Brooklyn, New York

The Union of Meg and Eric in Brooklyn, New York

I had the distinct pleasure of photographing Meg and Eric for their union at city hall in New York City. Prior to the actual shindig at Club City Hall (the place looks pretty swanky for city hall) we took photos near the Brooklyn Bridge and carousel house. I had never seen the Brooklyn Bridge up close like that and it’s really good looking. So when you put two good looking people in front of a good looking bridge, it’s like shooting the cover of a magazine. The landscapers moved around in the background tending to trees and I know they were thinking the same thing.

After we finished up near the bridge it was time to head into Manhattan. City Hall was bustling with brides.

Eric and Meg's Brooklyn/Manhattan Wedding

High School Photos with Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey

High School Photos with Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey

I spent a couple hours with Lauren and her mother at Johnson Park during sunset.  Mary wanted to take some memorable photos of her daughter. One of my tricks to getting a new person accustomed to posing for me is being completely silly. I am focused on what I want to achieve, but I do it with a lot of energy and laughter.

Anyway, you just can’t beat the golden light a sunset provides. We moved quickly from place to place and the proof is in the pudding. So without further adieu…

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)