Photographer James Patterson took a photograph of Sandy as it swept through New York City, but he’s never forgotten the way it looked in his head.
The photographer, who shot his last photo with a camera on Oct. 30, 2009, said he had a strong reaction to seeing the storm surge on the east coast of the U.S. that day.
He was able to capture images of the storm as it passed over Manhattan in a few seconds, he said.
But that photo, he says, was “an incredible experience” for him.
“I remember walking out into the street and seeing this thing,” he said in a phone interview.
“It was a huge, gigantic wave.
It was like a tidal wave that was coming out of nowhere.
It went by me in a matter of seconds.”
Patterson said he remembers looking out the window and seeing the water, then hearing the roar of the waves, then realizing the scene was happening.
“It was like, ‘Oh, God,’ I thought,” he recalled.
“I had just experienced something that was beyond anything I had ever experienced.”‘
I had to get out of my comfort zone’It was his first time seeing a storm surge of that magnitude, Patterson said.
He said he wanted to capture the storm’s impact on the city.
“You know, I was in the city the day it happened,” he remembered.
“My heart was racing, I had to be out of the city by 6 p.m. and out of our house by 11 p.M.
It really made me realize that this is going to be a real life event.
It is not something that we can just go to sleep at night about.”
Patterson said the photo he took is “a very, very big deal” and “not only for me, but for New York.
It has had an enormous impact on our city.””
This storm brought down all these things that have gone wrong over the years in New York,” he added.
“We lost so many things and we got to rebuild.”
Pattington said the city has been dealing with its own post-storm trauma for some time.
He called Sandy “a little bit like a tsunami,” noting the city’s historic damage caused by the storm.
“In a way, the city of New York is like a sea bed that’s been washed away,” he explained.
“That was the thing that we were in shock about.”
He added that New Yorkers should feel “ashamed” of their city.
He pointed to the “massive flooding in Brooklyn, and the devastation” that was left in New Jersey after Sandy struck.
“If you’re looking at it from the perspective of New Jersey, you’re kind of like, I don’t know if I can do it.
And you don’t want to say, you know, it was just a bad day.
I had a bad life.”
He said New Yorkers who were living in flood-prone areas should seek shelter from the storm, but that they should not be surprised when things are no longer normal.
“We had no idea,” he observed.
“There’s this thing that happens, you get this storm surge and the city starts losing people.
That’s not good for the city.”