Sam Murray

Carnegie Mellon University

This whole process was a chance for me to go home. I wanted to see what Sandy did to these places that I had grown up in and where I had spent so much time over the years. All of the beaches that I've been going to for years were completely changed, the boardwalks were torn away and the sand moved into the streets. Much of the time I spent shooting was in silence, taking in the warping of everything around me; I found it difficult to recognize many of the details of what had made these towns memorable for me. It was not the most fun project nor the most impactful, but it was important to me to document the drastic changes around my home area of New Jersey. I think it gives a sense of hope that the current state would soon be a memory and the photographs would serve only as reminders of something that once was, not something that would continue to be.