A Return to the scene
Four months after covering Hurricane Sandy from the Jersey Shore, I returned for a small assignment for GEO lino – German GEO’s children’s magazine. After photographing and interviewing a young girl who had experienced the Hurricane, with a couple of hours of daylight to spare, I decided to head out on foot back to the worst hit area of the Jersey Shore that I had witnessed and where a photograph (pictured) that I had taken two days after Sandy had hit, which subsequently ended up running as the opener for TIME Magazine’s coverage the following week. I walked what must have been 5 or 6km from Point Pleasant to Mantoloking, along the soft and now dramatically slanted sand dune that separates what’s left of the houses and the ocean as the light grew less and less. This house pictured was as far as I got before darkness prevented any further exploring.
Turning inland from the beach and on to the desolate and dark main road that runs along the length of the narrow peninsula of Mantoloking, I walked more or less blind in the darkness until I came across a road block which I happened to be on the wrong side of. The policeman informed me that the area was under curfew and that I’d better get a move on and out of the area. I walked another couple of kilometers until from nowhere, red and blue flashing lights filled the streets and I was surrounded by three police cars. Unfortunately these cops weren’t as lenient as the first and I found myself under arrest, but thankfully, with a ride back to town in the back of the police car.
Court appearance to come in a week or two. Wish me luck.
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