People look at the burned out ruins of the Breezy Point neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. This photo, one of an incredible set of images showing the devastation of one of the most populous areas of the United States by Tim Aubry, is the October 2012 Greenpeace USA Photo of the Month.
The ruins of homes in Breezy Point after Hurricane Sandy
I chose this image for the way it illustrates the human impact of the disaster. Shot across the grid of streets, groups of people, perhaps families, inspect the ruins of a modest neighborhood obliterated by the powerful storm. Whole buildings were knocked off their foundations releasing gas which ignited leaving blackened trees and poles where wood frame houses stood.
A downed tree and broken power pole following Hurricane Sandy.
Below is an account from our senior photo editor Bob Meyers, who photographed Hurricane Sandy preparation and aftermath in northern Virginia and surrounding areas.
There is nothing more humbling than the powerlessness we face in a fury of a major storm. On Sunday night, I was anxiously watching the forest full of tall oaks behind my house as they whipped back and forth in the high winds of Hurricane Sandy. The wind whirred around the edges of the house and rain beat a steady pour on the roof, walls and windows.. The black silhouettes of these massive trees shook against the gray clouds and the rain poured sideways in a blizzard of leaves. My little dog Coco shivered under the coffee table. She had not ventured beyond the porch for the entire afternoon when normally she loves to run through the trees looking for squirrels. From somewhere not too far away I heard a crash, a thump softened by a wet swish of cushioning leaves. I saw my neighbors’ lights go out and tried a nearby switch. Nothing. My wife and I had candles and flashlights ready, but there was little to do except to go to bed with ears open for the alert of any damage. Continue reading →
Greenpeace USA partnered with ViewBug.com, an online photographer community, to run a photo contest around the theme of power, asking what does that look like? Power, as in what powers your life? Power as the visual form of energy – human energy, physical energy, the energy of nature, energy infrastructure, energy generation, human power, people power, water, wind, solar, living power, imaginative power, the power of life. Continue reading →
A polar bear and her cub walk across melting ice floes above the Arctic Circle north of Russia on Sept. 11, 2012, as sea ice continued to melt below the previous record set in 2007. On September 16, scientists determined that the sea ice had reached the minimum for the year, a loss of at least 45 percent since records began. This new record is not likely to stand long.
Polar Bears pass near the Arctic Sunrise
Daniel Beltrá captured the September 2012 Photo of the Month with the Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise beyond the bears. The combination of the iconic endangered species facing extinction as its habitat melts away and the ship’s scientific mission at the sea ice edge to witness and measure the climate extreme is amazing.
Greenpeace activists interrupt Gazprom's operations in the Arctic
Denis Sinyakov captured the moment when Greenpeace activists in an inflatable boat are winched into the air in the August 2012 Photo of the Month.Attached to the mooring line of the Anna Akhmatova, left, in an attempt to prevent the passenger ship from docking to the Gazprom oil rig Prirazlomnaya, right, the activists stand on the stern and lean into the hull trying to hold on before they are dumped into the Arctic waters of the Pechora Sea. Continue reading →
Today marks my third visit to Russia, the last being in 2006 when I had the privilege of meeting President Putin to talk about the freedoms with which NGOs can operate in this country. In a curious turn of events, and some six years later, both Putin and freedoms are still very much in the news.
You can take your pick from any number of scandals currently making headlines in Russia: planned legislation aimed at hampering NGO activity and the right to protest, draconian laws aimed at internet censorship – even the fallout from the recent performance by punk group Pussy Riot, which has garnered international attention.
What is different, between my last visit and now, however, is the scale and unbridled nature of the public’s response. Russians have taken to the streets en masse to protest the shrinking democratic space in their country – up to 100,000 at various times in Moscow alone to speak out against Putin’s rule. It’s clear that Russians are no longer prepared to tolerate civil injustices and are increasingly prepared to speak up fearlessly in their own defense. Continue reading →
The July Photo of the Month is a powerful image of a Steller sea lion, its head raised high in the air against a beautiful panorama of the Alaskan Arctic.
Sea lion, Dutch Harbor, Alaska
I like the subtle reflection of the giant animal in the glossy mud of the foreshore. He seems rooted in the dark band of earth setting off the lighter upper fur. His posture embodies the rugged angles of the snowy peaks beyond. Continue reading →
The May 2012 Photo of the Month by Melvinas Priananda ties Indonesian rainforest destruction to one of the world’s largest purveyors of fast food. KFC is part of Yum! Brands Inc., which claims to be the world’s largest restaurant company.
Taken on recently cleared and drained rainforest peatland on the island of Sumatra, the giant fast food bag goes to ground zero in a global campaign to convince KFC to stop using throwaway packaging made by destroying the Indonesian rainforest. Continue reading →
Greenpeace is hosting a photo contest with ViewBug.com. We want to see what power looks like to you. Power, as in what powers your life? Power as the visual form of energy – human energy, physical energy, the energy of nature, energy infrastructure, energy generation, human power, people power, water, wind, solar, living power, imaginative power, the power of life. There’s a lot of visual possibilities.
So pick up a camera, look around and use the power of photography to share your vision of power. Enter the Contest, or check out the entries here.