The Silence After: Sandy’s New Landscapes

May 24, 2013 1:22pm

As the nation prepares for the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day, New Jersey’s coastal communities are facing a landscape massively altered in October 2012 by Superstorm Sandy.

All photos © Mike McLaughlin

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Union Beach

New Jersey native Mike McLaughlin turned his camera to these now ersatz versions of themselves in the months after the storm wreaked havoc on the state’s shoreline.

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Union Beach

Photographed at night and in the early morning hours, McLaughlin used a technique called light painting.  Using long camera exposure times that reveal the sky and stars, he lit his subjects with a combination of ambient light, moonlight, and/or artificial light (a flashlight).

His photos depict a dichotomy of beautiful imagery and nature’s savagely destructive powers.

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Ocean Grove

 

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Atlantic Highlands

 

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Ortley Beach

 

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Normandy Beach

 

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Seaside Heights

 

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Sea Bright

 

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Ortley Beach

 

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Union Beach

 

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Ocean Beach

 

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Union Beach

 

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Ortley Beach

 

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Seaside Heights

 

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Seaside Heights

See more of Mike’s work on his website and on his Facebook page.

See more featured photography curated by ABC News’ photo editors, and at Picture This, the ABC News photography blog.

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