Archive for November 2012
I will post photos here from my time in the Rockaways. I only wish I had MUCH more time and that I had arrived weeks ago. People here still need help. They need help in so many ways but many still have no water heat or power. They need Food, Rx, generators…seniors are still being discovered isolated in their apartments. Rebuilding efforts will be kicking in soon as the clean up is underway. Many volunteers came in over the weekend to go house to house do demo to so many people’s homes as mold is beginning to creep in. They need to rip the water damaged floors of their homes down to the studs in many cases – if the homes are salvageable at all.
Project Rubicon helps people such as Mariann Smith. More on them and her story to follow.
Images from my magazine project as part of my Master’s degree program in Visual Communication at Ohio University made in 1999. I keep thinking about what is happening there right now. I want to be able to witness and revisit Rockaway in t he aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The original opener text that accompanied this piece is as follows:
“Have you ever seen snow on sand? Rockaway is only a few miles west, along the very same beach, the southern-most stretch of Long Island, from where I grew up. So in a sense, I went home to do this story. The challenge was learning to see my own back yard with fresh eyes. I truly understand the Rockaway residents when they say the beach permeates their lives. That beach was a very important part of my childhood and has become embedded in my spirit. It’s where I’d go to do my best thinking. In fact…it’s just where I’d go. It was home. I suppose it still is, even more so than the house I grew up in or any other place I’ve ever lived.”