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Last year following Hurricane Sandy I went to several hard-hit areas in New Jersey and New York to document the destruction, the struggles, and the humanity of what this powerful natural disaster did.

I wanted to commemorate this one year anniversary with some photos I didn’t share on my blog. I think I was just burned out at that point, thinking about, writing about, looking at the aftermath… my heart just broke for all affected.

These are from Far Rockaway, New York about 3 weeks after the storm.

Time permitting I will be making a return trip here, and to the other places I visited to see what it looks like today.

These are from the bayside. Notice the boat and remains of a houseboat.

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You can see straight underneath the house to the bay.

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These boats were washed up a good 40 feet from the current bay level.

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Ocean side was terrible. The boardwalk was gone, only the old concrete handball courts broke up the landscape of construction vehicles and sand.

This one was used to make a political statement.

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As I moved away from the beach, I met this man – a volunteer who was concerned for my safety. He offered me a hard hat and a reflective vest. He asked me if I did photography for a living, I told him no, I’m a singer, and he burst out in song. I can’t remember what we sang, but clearly it was a good tune!

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This volunteer told me “I’m glad you’re here. Take lots of pictures. People need to see this because we need help out here.”

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It was REALLY cold and rainy and these guys just weren’t dressed for it. They were taking shelter out of the wind and the rain.

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I started to make my way across what would be the street to the residential area.

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All of these cars were completely drowned in seawater.

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The whole city was without power or water. I don’t know how people did it.

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If there was a silver lining to my experiences here it was meeting all the folks who were there to help.

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This was a lovely bunch manning the mobile library.

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I’ll let this sum up this entry:

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