Lights Out In New York

Photographer Michael Ip gives his account of the first moments of the downtown Manhattan blackout caused by Hurricane Sandy.

"Hurricane Sandy's winds started to pick up strength around 8 p.m. when I decided to venture outside my Union Square apartment to take some photographs. I wanted to see if I could capture any of the damage caused by Sandy. I barely even made it across the street when the power went out. At that moment I ran up the stairs to my 12th floor apartment and grabbed my tripod. My intent was to illustrate how eerie an electricity-less Union Square (and surrounding areas) is."

Most of these images were shot at 15 second exposures, which would account for the streaking lights..

Michael Ip is a freelance photojournalist and photo editor based in New York City. To see more of Michael's work, visit

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