Nov 182012

Far Rockaway New York after Hurricane Sandy in Photos by Tom Poole

Hi Steve,

I was recently asked by some friends of mine to document the dire situation in Far Rockaway, NY, post Hurricane Sandy.

These friends of mine have been extremely active in volunteer relief efforts and raising money to help local people with the clean up (Which will take a very long time).

Please feel free to check out their amazing work on their site:

I shot everything with my M9, mostly opting for the 50mm Summilux, but occasionally using the 35mm Summicron.

It’s very easy to forget about the lasting effects that an event like Sandy can have on a community. I only hope that the people of Rockaway (and the other areas affected in NY and NJ), bounce back stronger.

Thanks so much


  17 Responses to “Far Rockaway New York after Hurricane Sandy in Photos by Tom Poole”

  1. Great photos Tom, you have an amazing talent.

  2. Could you please tell us about the post processing techniques used? These look fantastic! My favorite is the one of the man in the Yankees jacket standing at the crosswalk

  3. Good effort and nicely done Ross

  4. Beautiful images of a tragic moment, thanks for sharing!

  5. Some very nice people shots, but nothing in a wider perspective that shows the overall situation that is affecting the people you depict. If you could add that in it would be very good indeed.

    • @Andrew

      If you click on the link posted in the main text and look under gallery, you will see plenty of none people shots. I sent Steve some shots that include landscapes depicting the damage. They just didn’t make the edit that he posted. Maybe he could add or replace some.
      Either way, thanks for the compliment.

  6. Besides mixing up bw and color, witch is too distracting to take whole piece seriously, these are very good photos.

  7. I love the portraits.
    But all I can’t see on most of these is obvious post processed vignetting, it ruins it for me.

  8. Thanks guys!
    @Steve Beal. Thanks man. The only award I get from these is meeting the amazing people of Rockaway.
    If any New Yorkers on here wanna help out, there is a volunteer sign up on the link posted.

    Be well


  9. From a native New Yorker, thank you for your concern and your thoughts.

  10. This is an award-winning collection of images… Tom really captures the essence of this area and how it was impacted by the storm. It is eye-opening to say the least. Steve, please continue the tradition of including the images of talented photographers and artists on your site.

  11. Excellent. Thanks for the reminder that disasters are not short term events.

  12. These are fantastic!

  13. What a tragedy! Thank you for your support! Great pictures. Hope that everybody finds back into their normal lives as soon as possible and that every bit of support reaches those too who need it the most!

  14. Thanks for sharing Tom. Great reportage!

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