On the Jersey Shore, Cries of ‘Where is the Government?’
The Jersey Shore has fared its share of bad weather. As the Los Angeles Times points out this morning (in a piece well worth the read), there was the winter storm of 1846 that wrecked nine ships (still known as the Day of Terror). There was the 1962 nor’easter, which washed a Navy destroyer ashore. And, of course, there was Irene, the first time on record a hurricane had hit the region.
But Sandy, with its innocent name and violent force, remains unlike anything residents here have seen. It sent a roller coaster into the ocean in Seaside Heights. It wrecked part of the famed boardwalk in Atlantic City. And in the Barrier Islands, some residents now face a forced evacuation that could last eight months. Gas and sewer lines remain unrepaired.
Belle Harbor, NY: Photographer Ben Lowy documents Sandy’s fury along the Rockaway beachfront, where residents complain about the lack of help from the Red Cross and National Guard. Lowy will be covering the Sandy recovery efforts for Tumblr for the next week, via our editorial site, Storyboard.
Reposted from the @newyorkermag’s Instagram feed, which is using iPhone photographers like @ruddyroye and @BenLowy to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on the ground. As an editor, from an almost-defunct print publication (Newsweek) now at a new media company (Tumblr), it’s encouraging to see legacy brands like the New Yorker — and TIME, which is running one of Lowy’s iphone images of Sandy on its cover this week — embracing new journalistic models.
UPDATE: Lowy will be documenting the recovery efforts for Tumblr over the coming week. Tune into Storyboard for more.
TUMBLR: It seems iPhone photos have become so ubiquitous that you’d have to be an absolute dinosaur not to embrace them. Is there still any real debate about their journalistic validity?
Ben Lowy: There are still purists who hold onto that idea that the iPhone is not still a real camera, or doesn’t make a real image, and quite frankly, I think those arguments are bullshit. There’s nothing real about black and white film photography that is any more or less real than me taking a picture on my iPhone.
Benjamin Lowy will be filing dispatches from Libya throughout the week, exclusively on Tumblr. (via storyboard)