hurricane sandy

by Katherine Yaksich

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Today marks the one year anniversary of when Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on NYC, and we’re still going strong. It felt very apocalyptic, haunting, and eerie afterwards, and it’s a time that I will never forget. I’ve met people that literally lost everything, yet they manage to live life with an incredible sense of resilience. 

1. A haunting and eerie Manhattan skyline the night after Sandy devastated NYC, leaving millions and much of lower Manhattan powerless for days. This image was published by NBC New York and exhibited at Photoville NYC this year.

2. I rode my bike around Manhattan in the dark and took this photo in Soho. It was an incredibly difficult image to capture, took no less than an hour, and I still didn’t nail the focus.

3. A generator lights up this deli in the lower east side, in the midst of the darkness.

by Katherine Yaksich

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Here are my ten favorite images from 2012 (I have decided to name this series Darkness and Light). I know this post is long overdue, but the truth is I’ve been traveling non-stop for most of the year. I rang in 2013 in Sydney, Australia, then flew to Melbourne and then to New Zealand. A day and a half after getting back from New Zealand, I was on another plane to begin filming a documentary about tuberculosis in Nashville, DC, the UK, South Africa, and India. A few weeks ago was my first “normal” week of 2013 without any travel involved.

Now that I’ve had some time to breathe and settle into life back home in NY, I’ve also had some time to look back and reflect on 2012. It was quite a dramatic year, both professionally and personally. I kicked off 2012 in Italy, and then immediately was on another plane to shoot a photo assignment in Los Angeles. The rest of the year was action packed, from documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, to exploring the Great Barrier Reef, which has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Some other things I crossed off of my bucket list last year were surfing Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia, and seeing the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

Some professional highlights include contributing to a Discovery Channel documentary series, working on the Mr. Porter and USA Network’s Suits campaign, exhibiting my work at Photoville, launching a new website, and signing on as a director/filmmaker for Ira Lippke Studios.

Thank you for all your continued support and encouragement, and for giving me the ability to make a living doing what I love to do. Let’s create something awesome together in 2013!

Carpe Diem,
Reuben

Photo Captions
1. Hurricane Sandy aftermath, NYC
2. Hurricane Sandy aftermath, Rivington and Essex in the Lower East Side
3. Hurricane Sandy aftermath, Mercer and Prince in Soho
4. 9/11 Tribute in Light
5. Great Barrier Reef shark
6. Great Barrier Reef cuttlefish
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Melbourne, Australia
9. Grampians, Victoria, Australia
10. 12 Apostles, Victoria, Australia

by Katherine Yaksich

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Late last night, I rode my bike around Manhattan with a tripod and camera taking photographs of the dark and eerie city. I felt like I rode through the Twilight Zone, and it was by far the most bizarre experience I have ever had in NYC. Life in lower Manhattan is completely different, as millions of residents are still without power and/or running water. This NY Times article describes the situation quite well.

All images copyright Reuben Hernandez. All rights reserved.

by Katherine Yaksich

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My photo of a haunting, dark NYC skyline the night after Hurricane Sandy devastated NYC was published on NBC New York today and broadcasted live on their morning show. Millions of residents and the vast majority of lower Manhattan still remain without power.

by Katherine Yaksich

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Haunting, dark images of the NYC skyline at approximately 1:00 am on October 31, 2012, the night after Hurricane Sandy devastated the city. Millions of residents and much of lower Manhattan are still without power.

The first image was published on NBC New York this morning here, here, and here and also broadcasted live on their morning show.

Images copyright Reuben Hernandez. All rights reserved.

by Katherine Yaksich

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The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the day after it devastated New York City and surrounding areas. It gave me an excuse to try out the new 24-70 f2.8 II lens.

All images copyright Reuben Hernandez. All rights reserved.