Lights Out In New York

By Wajmah Yaqubi

Nov 1, 2012 4:30pm

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

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“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..
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Michael Ip is a freelance photojournalist and photo editor based in New York City.  To see more of Michael’s work, visit www.mikeip.com.

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