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  • A week ago I went to a meeting held by members of Occupy Sandy and other folks who were interesting in documenting the effects of Hurricane Sandy in New York and other affected areas, the cleanup and recovery, as well as the eventual rebuilding. I made my first trip out there today. I miscalculated the time it would take to get there and had to do a short walk around, and didn't have a lot of time to talk with people, or interview them much, but I got a few glimpses of the devastation and at people's attempts to recover from the storm. On further trips I'd like to talk with people at greater length and hear their stories, but for right now, here are some images and artifacts taken from today.
  • Some firemen hosing off a street. Taken from a bus. One of those "drive by" shots that one isn't supposed to do, lol.
  • Metal security grates near the beach. The power of the waves transformed into buckled metal and drifted sand.
  • A green door in a field of rubble. On Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
  • I love the homemade ties that fasten this heartrending message to the pile of rubble that it's sitting on. The vernacular poetry of ribbon, paint, canvas, hope.
  • A plate of food left temporarily alone by a volunteer.

    I want to say something easy and snarky here about not trusting words but trusting pictures, but that's been said already. But for me this humble plate of food is worth a thousand interviews in its direct, literal testimony to hard work amid great challenges. I hope you got eaten, little plate of food!
  • A perpetually expectant bench, bereft forever of potential sitters. Lacrimae rerum sunt.
  • A man walks up his front steps, reflected in a discarded mirror sitting in the trash across the street. Rockaways, I'll be back.
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