To view photographer Romain Laurent’s Shadows project properly, he recommends that you first properly calibrate your screen. The photos are all dominated by blackness.
You see, they were all captured during the major blackout in New York City caused by Hurricane Sandy in late 2012. When the power went out in the city’s financial district, Laurent pulled out his camera in order to do a photographic study of light and shadows in the eerily dark areas of the city.
Everyone seems to be talking about the cover photo of this week’s issue of New York Magazine. It shows NYC blacked out after Hurricane Sandy, and was captured last Wednesday by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan from the open door of a helicopter 5,000 feet above the ground. Poynter has published an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how it was shot:
Baan made the image Wednesday night after the storm, using the new Canon 1D X with the new 24-70mm lens on full open aperture. The camera was set at 25,000 ISO, with a 1/40th of a second shutter speed [...]
It was more difficult to rent a car than a helicopter in New York the day after Sandy, Baan said. And because there was such limited air traffic so soon after the storm, air traffic control allowed Baan and the helicopter to hover very high above the city, a powerful advantage for the photo.
NY Mag editors say that picking the cover photo was the easiest choice they had to make this past week. They’ve also published a slideshow featuring 10 aerial photographs Baan captured that night.
Architecture photographer explains how he got that New York magazine cover shot [Poynter]
Image credit: Photograph by Iwan Baan/New York Magazine