Romain Laurent: Shadows
Photographer and recent transplant from Paris to Brooklyn, Romain Laurent describes the impetus of his latest project: As hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast of the US after devastating portion of the Carribeans, a massive water surge made its way toward New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut. As a result of the unprecedented floodings, major parts of these states were left without power. From 34th street all to the way down to the financial district, the usually bright and vibrant Manhattan was kept in the dark.
In this obscurity the few people I crossed were unidentified shadows punctuated by their flashlights. No street life, very few cars, only generators pumping water or providing emergency lights as a loud reverberating background noise. This unusual environment created an overall cautious atmosphere, simply passing by any pedestrians could be somewhat frightening.
This series is about the surreal impression I felt walking around for hours during several nights in the pitch black streets, as well as the basic fear and curiosity of the unknown that it revealed in me.