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Photographs taken at Jones beach after hurricane Irene had passed through
On August 28th 2011 Hurricane Irene made landfall over NewYork's Coney Island with winds at 65 mph. It hit New York City at 9 a.m.ET bringing with it a storm surge that sent 3½ feet of water into New YorkHarbor. Although downgraded to a tropical storm, it still flooded low-lyingareas and left millions of homes without power all along the Eastern Seaboard.
Fascinated as I am by the Ocean, that afternoon I took adrive out to Jones Beach to shoot the surf. These are a study of the wavesduring high winds, but they are also a study of power and of contrasts – forwhile the wind whips the surface in this spray-heavy storm and vast swathes ofwater are forced to fold in on themselves there is, deep down, a sense of calm.A place where the ocean remains untouched.
Unlike me. I am in awe. While I take pictures, calmlyframing each shot, the sight moves me beneath the surface in a way I can’texplain.
Perhaps that’s why I photograph it.