It’s been one year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast. During the “Super Storm,” photojournalists fearlessly covered the developments, hoping to capture photos so the world could understand the devastation. At the forefront of the coverage was our friend, Hipstamatic photographer, and award winning photojournalist, Ben Lowy.
1. Take us back in time — as a photojournalist, what was going through your mind when Sandy hit?
I was in San Francisco with my wife because she had one of her films opening at a film festival. We heard there was a storm coming in, and my mom was taking care of our kids back east. We decided that one of us should go home, so I got a ticket to head back to New York.
When I got off the plane, I had a message from an editor at TIME magazine. He asked me to cover Sandy, along with 4 other photographers, because they thought it was going to be a big storm. So I went home, got some supplies and made sure my kids were okay, and then got my things together to cover the story.
The interesting thing TIME did was ask me and the four other photographers to do it just with our phones. They had really embraced the idea of using social media as a non-traditional platform for distributing news content.
It was pretty interesting time when I went out to cover the storm. I didn’t have my SLR with me, so I was able to push into the water more. I had a little black bag to cover my phone to keep it from getting wet, and that’s about it.