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Hurricane Season

August 28th, 2012

During my career, I’ve photographed the destruction from numerous hurricanes.  The aftermath from storms that hit the South West of England in 1990, was one of my first severe weather assignments for the Tony Freeman Press Agency.  I photographed a greenhouse farmer who was located just a few miles from where I lived in North Devon. The farmer walked past his glasshouses that were destroyed by the powerful winds and I fired a few frames. The image was published in several British national newspapers. Kodak later used it in their brochure for their Black and white Tri-X film. Although my editorial work these days is all shot on digital cameras, I still use Kodak’s Tri-X 400 film for my landscapes and personal work.


The Greenhouse Effect - Damage from the storms of 1990 that hit the UK. This picture was used by Kodak for their Tri-X film brochure. © Tony Freeman Press Agency.


In the US, 2005 was  definitely the year of the storm with three major hurricanes, Wilma, Rita and the most destructive, Katrina, battering the Gulf Coast.  At the time, I was based in New York and was commissioned to photograph the destruction of all three storms.


A New Orleans Police Officer has a long wait for something to do after Hurricane Katrina.


A New Orleans Police Officer helps an elderly man to safety after Hurricane Katrina.


A victim of Hurricane Katrina, left homeless, afraid and without medication.


New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana city.


Floridians wait for Hurricane Wilma to arrive in Key West.


The destruction in Chokoloske Bay where the eye of Hurricane Wilma struck.


Hurricane Wilma's devastating arrival to the city of Naples in Florida.


Michael J. Von Trytek with his AK-47 and two British friends, Rob Lucas-Dean and Neville Gary Leach. The trio were guarding their property from looters, after Hurricane Rita hit Houston.


My Granddad, Len Chapple from Barnstaple, England, enjoys a whiskey. After riding out hurricane Rita, while on holiday in Houston.


Former Sun reporter Emily Smith with our vehicle of choice, for Hurricane Wilma.


Now seven years after Katrina, Hurricane Isaac, another huge storm is headed for the Gulf Coast.



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