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 All Images are copyrighted @Benjamin Lowy

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Pavel Ivanovo stands on the remains of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk, looking out into the sea. The recent immigrant voiced concern that echos across the region: Diego is working for-hire on the island, helping residents dig out the belongings from sand or water logged homes. Jordyn Clarke says she and her block-mates have overnight become a kind of close-knit tribal community. Crowbar in hand, Bill Louw sits on a bench still attached to a massive slab of boardwalk that landed in his front yard. Residents who lost their homes and belongings endure cold temperatures waiting in line to vote in tented polling stations throughout the region.

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On Voting Day, Portraits from the Rockaways

Photojournalist Ben Lowy is covering the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, including the struggle to get to today’s polling locations, on assignment for Tumblr with an iPhone camera. He’s spent the last two days in Rockaway Beach, Queens, where thousands of residents remain displaced, and the once-famous five mile boardwalk is in splinters. Of the 28 voting locations in Queens that have been moved due to Sandy, 23 are here.

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