Kevin R. Burkitt is a lifelong lover of all things technology and photography. Having spent most of his life behind the lens, Kevin never really had a signature project to work on until Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal New Jersey in the fall of 2012.
Searching for something, Kevin began documenting the destruction evening by evening month by month starting in November of 2012. Although most of the shooting was done between November and April, Kevin felt the urge to continue shooting the project throughout the year.
For nearly two and half years Kevin took pictures of destruction, reconstruction, and the rebuilding of the Jersey shore.
This project was all consuming and took more time to edit than it did to take the pictures. To date there are 114 finished images in the collection and there are approximately 15 more images that need to be revisited to see if they will make the collection.
Kevin was able to capture an intimate, authentic, haunting, and genuine look at the storm’s destruction and the path to recovery.
Although Kevin is no longer shooting images for this project, he is promoting the collection in an effort to help us look back and remember what was lost and what the residents of the affected towns have been through since 2012.
Kevin’s goal was not to show destruction; but rather to show moments in time as the world continued to move around what Mother Nature had destroyed in less than 24 hours.
Currently Kevin continues to shoot for fun and has no plans of another long term photography project; however, this project has seen a revival which will lead to a weekly podcast and a book, which will be printed on demand.