Boston.com's Big Picture has put up its Superstorm Sandy compilation, worth a look as always.
I have to admit to a bit of disappointment (from a purely photographic perspective). It's maybe not quite Big Picture's best work. After a strong opening photo, the general impression is of the more or less generic "look how bad it was" variety, a ticking-off of the standard list of "bad things storms do" without a lot of specificity toward what made this storm and the locale of its landfall unusual. There are exceptions of course, like the distant figures paying photo-homage to the crashing surf in #47.
Picture #19 (above) is a striking and distinctive picture from this tragedy, with the insignificance of the stricken Bounty tensioned against the vastness of the sea. That's a picture that will stick with me for a while. #31 actually conveyed real information I hadn't gotten elsewhere, by putting the conflagration on Breezy Point in perspective (other pictures I've seen, both moving and still, have been closeups that fill the frame from edge to edge with fires burning or fire damage, which emphasize drama but don't provide context). As a set of pictures I'm not sure the sum rises above the parts for me.
(Thanks to a number of tipsters including Ed Grossman)
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Tom Duffy: "Just got power back. Enjoyed catching up with the TOP posts. Please keep those without power in your thoughts and prayers. With the drop in temperature last night, it's really getting long-term miserable."
David Dyer-Bennet: "Yeah, I felt the same way about the collection. I was attributing it to the source material he selected from, but on absolutely no basis; it could just as easily be the better photos were there but didn't get selected. Still pretty good. I was following the Bounty sinking closely because a man I know through SF fandom was on it at the time. We got to watch him get off the rescue chopper on video. We've had a lot of flooding the past few years (coastal and otherwise), and there's a certain sameness to that."
Kevin Purcell: "One of the two people lost from the Bounty was Claudene Christian, the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian."
Mike replies: That is positively eerie. To those who don't know the story, Nordhoff and Hall's famous and popular 1932–34 books comprising The Bounty Trilogy are a fabulous read. Highly recommended. Caroline Alexander's book sets the details straight but isn't so gripping.