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In Sandy's path: NYC photo exhibit features shots from those slammed by the storm

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - With her home on Long Island's Long Beach swamped by Superstorm Sandy's unyielding surge, Christina Tisi-Kramer pointed her camera outside and captured an image that summed up her town's destruction — the beach boardwalk reduced to a jumble of sticks just steps from her door.

Tisi-Kramer's photo is one of 200 images of Sandy at an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. "Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy," which opens Tuesday on the anniversary of the storm, was culled from 10,000 submissions from New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.

Some were taken by professionals like Tisi-Kramer; others by amateurs; and many by people who suffered personal loss.

The exhibition is arranged thematically: Storm, Destruction, Coping, Home, Relief and Not Over. There are images of anguished faces; houses teetering precariously; church pews filled with salvaged clothing; toll plazas under water; an aerial view of New York City's Breezy Point neighbourhood, with row upon row of homes gutted by fire.

There is a poignant shot of a scribbled sign for two lost cats, a hopeful sign, "NO retreat NOT NOW, NO Surrender NOT EVER," and a lone birth announcement amid the ruins of a fire in the devastated Belle Harbor section of Queens.

"We wanted pictures that showed the range of experience, from preparing for the storm to rebuilding ... what happened physically to the area and also the individual humanistic story," said Sean Corcoran, the museum's curator of photography.

Larry Racioppo, a retired photographer for the city Department of Housing and Preservation, created a large 22-page diary and album for his photographs from scrap plywood and orange caution tape. The materials were ubiquitous around his Belle Harbor home for months after the storm. He also constructed a crude stand to hold his account, beginning with the day of the storm and ending in early spring with portraits of workers repairing his basement.

Racioppo's house is one of six that sit close to the beach. But he considers himself lucky. His was spared major damage when the house in front of his "took the brunt of the hit."

"Our home is pretty much back to normal, but several of my close neighbours are still rebuilding," he said.

And that's the story the exhibition tells, too, of those still struggling for some normalcy.

"A lot of people haven't even started to rebuild. The point is it's an ongoing thing a year later," Corcoran said.

Visitors will see how the storm dramatically altered parts of the landscape while leaving places just a few miles away unscathed. That was the case in Ocean Grove, N.J. The storm wiped out its famous pier but spared other parts of the charming Victorian town.

Bob Bowne, a carpenter and lifetime resident, captured the pier as a turbulent surge lashed against it. He perched himself high on a third-floor balcony of a grand home as the town evacuated. He says he's glad he stayed because that image "preserved the memory of the pier — not the destruction — but shows the ferociousness of the storm."

The exhibition runs through March 2.

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