Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the New Jersey shoreline. Families were displaced and some are still facing that problem over a year later.
Bradley Beach is one of many areas along the New Jersey shore that was ripped apart during Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy. The wind was so strong and cold when these photos were taken. In fact, all of the photos you see here are all of the photos I took because my hands started to freeze up. Summer is coming though!
Want to help restore the New Jersey shore? A lot of it simply isn’t there anymore. Houses that weren’t leveled by the hurricane will eventually be reduced to rubble from flood damage. The pictures we see of the damage cannot fully measure the impact. Do whatever you can to support the coast. I personally stand by Comic Book Afterlife Sandy Relief and their grassroots movement of raising at least $10,000.00. The money will go to the areas that need it most. If you donate to something like The Red Cross, that money can be squandered. I remember specific stories back in 2001 when The Red Cross was using funds to help the rich move after they lost family members in the World Trade Center. That didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth.
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.
…final scan of a medium format black & white negative.
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.
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.
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.