In remembrance of Hurricane Sandy's wrath along the East Coast one year ago today, photographer and regular Relapse contributor Cole Barash has unveiled never-before-seen photographs of the aftermath of the historic storm, documenting the costal town of Manasquan, New Jersey.
Here's Cole's take on his moment with Sandy:
"I was in Brooklyn at the time and knew I needed to get the hell out of the city. I was either going home to Cape Cod or down to Jersey to battle it out with the homies in 'Squan. I headed south at the turn of a dime as I thought, How bad could it be? Well, two hours before high tide, the water was already up to our knees. It came in so fast. The power out and the street looking like a class-four river. We were also 30 blocks from the beach. We woke up the next morning to straight-up Armageddon.
I spent the next 10 days photographing from the hip with a point and shoot and my Leica. I also joined a construction crew to give a hand digging people's home out of the beach, shovel by shovel.
With the media oversaturated with photographs, and social media being so un-curated, I wanted to wait to release at a special time. These photographs are dedicated to my friends and their families that had to deal with the real deal problems. Losing lots of memories. And, for some, rebuilding from nothing."