This blog is part of a project borne during my travels as a professional photojournalist. For years, I have worked with bulky digital cameras, always mindful of the technical maneuvers from setting the shutter speed and aperture to editing and toning on a computer screen. In the last few years I have discovered that my iPhone has allowed me to capture scenes without feeling that I am once again on the job. To “point and shoot” has been a liberating experience. It has allowed me to rediscover the excitement of seeing imperfections and happy accidents rendered through the lens of my handheld device. I am able to create imagery, edit, and transmit all the images straight to this blog, creating a modern and efficient workflow for the most inefficient of pursuits - self expression.

- Benjamin Lowy

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Staten Island, NY: The shores and neighborhoods of Staten Island were devastated by Sandy, and many residents believe the borough has been overlooked by authorities. Staten Island, NY:  Ronnie, a delivery man for the New York Daily News (and long-time Staten Island resident) helps clean out his sister's home. Everything is gone. Staten Island, NY:  Newlywed Ayisha Fahad cleans the apartment she shared with we husband in Staten Island. The couple lost everything.

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‘Life’s a Beach’: Scenes of Destruction, and Recovery, from Sandy

>Over the next week, photographer Ben Lowy will be documenting the destruction — and recovery efforts — in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in and around New York City, using nothing but an iPhone camera. Lowy spent yesterday at Midland Beach on Staten Island — New York City’s “forgotten” borough— where hundreds of residents remain homeless. Today he’s headed to New Jersey.

Stay tuned for more from Lowy from Tumblr Storyboard, or follow our instagram feed, where he’ll be guest posting throughout the week.

(Photos, clockwise from top: a home on the South Beach boardwalk; Ronnie, a delivery man for the New York Daily News, helps clean out his sister’s home; Newlywed Ayisha Fahad cleans the apartment she shared with we husband.)

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