There was a haunting beauty to New York during the loss of power from Hurricane Sandy, a way of seeing the City in a different light. Yes, it was frustrating and by the end of the week, I felt like I would lose my mind if not for the realization that there were so many people in much, much more dire circumstances than I ever experienced. I didn’t have the presence of mind to take that many photos during the week nor could I have taken any as beautiful as the ones by Christophe Jarcot.
Jarcot was first working in the film industry, but returned to photography, his true passion. He started off photographing rain and his work is fascinating. But I find these images of New York especially compelling. The full set is available on his website at Christophe Jarcot and there is information about his work at Artemiss:
“I had an order for a travel book about Paris, and sun was a pre-requisite for all the photos! But the weather was desperately rotten, and that is how I had the idea of starting the Paris in the rain series. It was a sort of contradiction…”
After realizing “Paris Under the Rain”, Christophe was looking for a very different city to shoot, but also very urban. Hong Kong quickly become his number one choice because of its raining season and its crazy urban life. New York, London and many others followed quickly after ! He is fascinated by the confrontation between two massive forces: weather and towns.
This is by no means to minimize the horrible conditions that people endure every night both in NYC and in New Jersey as we now move through the second week after Hurricane Sandy. Even worse that we now have a covering of snow on the ground.
I have power, heat and Internet again so I am very fortunate. But we still have a flooded building where we used to have a campus and many of our students still lack power. Outside my office door are piles of clothes, food and supplies collected and on their way to the Rockaways tomorrow. Across the street, the endless hum of generators as most of the neighborhood around the college still lacks electricity.
The City and surrounding area are still reeling from the devastating blow of a freakish storm.