NYC after Hurricane Sandy – part 2

A divided city: downtown without, mid- and uptown blazing lights:

While parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island are truly devastated, Hurricane Sandy “just” left Lower Manhattan without power, Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012:

Large backup generators provide just enough power to keep a restaurant up and running, like a beacon of light attracting patrons”

Food trucks have become the main fare in the area of Manhattan which have lost power, supplying food to residents, work crews and tourists:

2 Bros. Pizza making and selling pizza in the dark. The restaurant is right on the edge of the area affected by the power outage. The building right to the north, has regular power, all buildings to the south of 25th Street and 6th Ave are without power

Broadway & Union Square North, only lit by passing cars, bike and pedestrians with flash lights. A handful of apartments have chosen to use candles to light their spaces:

Union Square Subway station on the South-Eastern corner, with a generator running on the borrow of the stairs to power some backup utilities, and possibly the police station that is under ground inside the subway. (artificially lit with a flashlight)

On Third Avenue and East 39th Street, the line between city blocks with and without power became even more apparent:

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NYC after Hurricane Sandy – part 1

Fixing the electric grid after massive failures due to flooding:

Repair efforts the day after Hurricane Sandy, Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012:

ConEd crew lowering a large pump into a supply tunnel:

Staging area on Union Square North, where electrical repair crews from Maryland, D.C. Virginia, Georgia and other states arrive and await work orders from ConEd and the Office for Emergency Management (OEM) in the morning:

Staging area for work crews: 2 of the 10 Pepco trucks and their crews waiting to begin work in the morning:

Pepco (D.C. and Maryland) truck on the inside:

Generator on 14th Street, feeding power to the Beth Israel Medical Center (Union Square), and other nearby buildings:

The DEP placing water stations all over the city, to supply residents without power with drinking water. NYC high-rises rely on electrical pumps to store their water supply in roof tanks, and without electricity there is no water in those buildings. The sudden increase in bike commuters also enjoy the refreshing NYC water:

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The Other Side

East River Park, c-print, 96x40in, 242x102cm, edition of 6

Solo show, January 26 – March 3, 2012

532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, 532 W 25th Street, NYC

 

 

Update: The show is extended until Saturday, March 3rd, with a closing reception from 2-5pm

Opening reception on Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6pm

Text by Wythe Marschall

Through five panoramic photographs, artist Joergen Geerds explores the interconnections of space and community, humans and habitats, inside and out, self and other.

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Luminous New York – Exhibition at the German Embassy in NYC

North-East-South-West – Series of panoramas 60x60in (150x150cm)

Luminous New York – Photography by Joergen Geerds

January 30 — February 21, 2012
German Consulate General—German House, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

The German Consulate General is opening “Luminous New York — Photography by Joergen Geerds”, a series of large scale night panoramas of New York City in the lobby of the German House. The show opens on Monday, January 30, 6PM with a reception with the artist (RSVP to germanconsulatenyc[at]gmail.com) and is open to the public during normal consulate hours until February 21, 2012.

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Gizmodo Gallery 2011

Click to see the whole tour of the Gizmodo Gallery 2011

 

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Go wide or go home – 360 video for Xperia Studio

Xperia Studio approached me a while ago for this project, to feature the Xperia Phones in an unusual way. Being a panorama photographer, and very interested in all things 360, I came up with a way to use 6 Xperia Neo’s (with fisheye lenses attached) to shoot a 360 video. And since every movie (or image) should should tell a story, we decided to shoot the 360 video on a mountain bike in one of the most interesting mountain bike trails in the western US: Slickrock at Moab, Utah. In order to keep the phones together, and have them survive the pretty rough ride, I designed a custom rig, and printed it on a Ultimaker 3D printer. Special thanks to Daniel Finkler, who helped me out by writing a custom Android app to start/stop the video recording via Bluetooth, and to Mark Sevenoff of Western Spirit, who is a great mountain biker, and offers very interesting bike tours in the western US.

Head over to Xperia Studio to see the Go Wide Or Go Home 360 Video , and the three behind-the-scenes videos that explain a bit more what I was doing.

 

 

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Far Rockaway Evacuation: Hurricane Irene

Far Rockaway residents were just hesitantly preparing on Friday night for the mandatory evacuation, and only a couple of home owners had boarded up their house. The residents of the Seaview Manor were moved to a new and safer location inland.

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Pousada de Palmela

 

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Lumin-o-City: Solo Exhibition in Portugal

Exhibition in Palmela, Portugal

I am happy to announce my first solo show in Europe: my exhibit is part of Palmela 2011 – The International Panoramic Photography Festival, where I am also one of the guest speakers.

Location: Pousada de Palmela, Portugal
June 1 to August 31, 2011, open to the public

The show consist of 15 large panoramas of New York and Chicago, exhibited around the cloister of the hotel:

VR Tour

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Verrazano Bridge

Verrazano Bridge from Fort Hamilton

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Abandoned Elevator Room

Abandoned Elevator Room 1 VR

Abandoned Elevator Room 2 VR

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Frozen Hearnshead

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Cleopatra’s Needle (in Central Park)

Cleopatra’s Needle (Wiki) isn’t really associated with Cleopatra, and predates her quite a bit (1450BC), and Wiki has the full story about how it got to New York in 1880… it may very well be the oldest human-crafted object out in the public in NYC.

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Belvedere Castle (Central Park)

The view from the castle, which is an odd piece of architecture in my opinion to begin with, is really nice, especially the view of the Delacorte Theater and the Turtle Pond, which didn’t seem to have any ducks on ice at the moment.

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Snow in Central Park

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Hunter College Park Avenue

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Chiezo

I met Chiezo and her husband at the Pool Art Fair 2010 in Miami Beach. Her work is lovely intricate, and has a huge amount of geekdom attached to it, and tells a huge overarching story of 3 traveling robots. I love her work, and I hope she will find a gallery soon.

In the meantime, visit chiezo.jp

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Panoramas at the Aqua Art Miami: Dec 2-5, 2010

I am very happy to announce that I will be exhibiting a couple of my large panoramas at the  AQUA ART FAIR MIAMI, 532 Gallery, Room 204, from December 2-5, 2010. If you are in town for the Art Basel, swing by the Aqua Hotel for more art.

I will show the following 4 large (96in/243cm wide) panorama prints (edit: we ended up showing only the Time Square panorama, it was too difficult to rehang it):

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Coney Island Board Walk

More and more of the “old school” vendors vanishing from the board walk, some due to code violations, some probably don’t get their leases extended… probably part of the “clean up” project, where nobody is sure where it’s going. I just wanted to take the opportunity to photograph it in it’s current form before it’s all gone and replaced by something completely different.

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Inn of Chicago

Chicago looks so very different than NYC at night, slightly different colors, different windows, different people.

Have a look at the deep zoom.

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Nodal Ninja review

People ask me sometimes what panorama head they should get, and since my panorama head has gone through a strange evolution through-out the years (mostly making it stronger), I can only recommend getting a really good panorama head right away, and not waste money on things that won’t last at least 3-5 digital camera generations… that means no plastic parts whatsoever. If you are beginning with panorama photography, and not completely sure about spending money on a panorama head, I recommend building your own for $20 from wood and other cheap material, and then buy a real one. If you have problems with your no-parallax-point calibration, Alain Hamblenne has posted probably the best/easiest tutorial I’ve seen.

Here is my review of panorama heads that I think are worth the money.

Nodal Ninja 5

(discontinued, get one for cheap)

Nodal Ninja 5

Nodal Ninja 5 with RD16 and EZ Leveler

Despite the fact that the NN5 is discontinued (Summer of 2010), it is a great panorama head, especially when combined with the RD16 rotator base. It has no problems with larger workloads (no problem with a 100-300mm sigma or a 70-200 2.8 canon), and it’s quite good at vibration dampening from the mirror slap. If you are planning longer exposures (i.e. night photography), set the mirror lockup to 2 sec or longer, since it takes 2 sec for the vibration to dissipate. It is equally good with lighter/shorter lenses/cameras.

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5 Pointz Building

The 5 Pointz Building is ever evolving, and sometime between 2006 and 2010 the exterior stairs were removed, probably too many people tried to climb up there, and they weren’t really suitable for climbing anymore. My previous panorama from this location has become a historical document, because it would be impossible to redo it (due to the lack of said staircase).

Interestingly, the owner/manager tries to manage what is going on in the building much better by now:

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Old Astoria – New Astoria

Astoria, like so many other boroughs, is changing rapidly, especially the water front is being rapidly developed, while some other streets are not in fashion yet (even if they are just a block away). This leads to a very strange patchwork of architecture (as if Queens architecture isn’t challenged enough already).

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Toren Tower (Brooklyn)

The Toren Condo, designed by SOM, is one of the more modern approaches to architecture in NYC, something that seemed to be missing in the last couple of decades of architecture here. It is great to see change.

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Governors Island

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