Eerie Lunar Landscape In Queens

Man-made sand pyramids await replacement on the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park in The Rockaways, Queens. The dunes are made out of sifted sand from the surrounding area, by workers who shoveled the sand from the streets after Hurricane Sandy’s passage. Polished by the cold winter wind, these artificial cones formed an eerie lunar landscape. The presence of all kinds of construction and hauling trucks on the site as well as conveyor belts, generators, watch towers, and pole lights, gave me the impression of being on another some kind of a spatial station. The wind was pretty strong too and really accentuated that lunar feel. I managed to take a couple of shots before getting kicked out by a courteous Sanitation Police officer.

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Some of these shots were featured @:
Animal NY: animalnewyork.com/2012/welcome-to-planet-rockaway/
Il Post: www.ilpost.it/2013/01/02/le-dune-di-new-york/
Business Insider: www.businessinsider.com/dunes-after-hurricane-sandy-in-ro…
Daily Mail: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255756/The-eerie-lunar-…
Yahoo! http://news.yahoo.com/photos/eerie-lunar-landscape-in-queens-slideshow/
BuzzFeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/thesaccattack/this-is-in-new-york-city-5o2x
The Blaze: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/believe-it-or-not-these-awesome-sand-pyramids-were-found-in-new-york-city/
The Inquisitr: http://www.inquisitr.com/466235/eerie-pyramids-in-nyc-spotted-by-brooklyn-photographer/
Complex: Complex: http://www.complex.com/art-design/2013/01/eerie-photographs-of-sand-dunes-in-new-yorks-rockaways-from-hurricane-sandy
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/03/eerie-pyramids-in-nyc-new-york-new-jersey-hurricane-sandy-photos_n_2401992.html?1357229954
International Science Times: http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/4296/20130103/eerie-pyramids-nyc-amazing-photos-rockaways-hurricane-sandy.htm
International Business Times: http://www.ibtimes.com/charles-le-brigands-eerie-pyramids-nyc-photos-show-power-hurricane-sandy-991324
The Dirty Apple: http://thedirtyapple.com/blog/2013/01/pyramids-in-new-york-city-after-hurricane-sandy/
La Repubblica: http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2013/01/04/foto/new_york_come_l_egitto_dopo_l_uragano_sandy-49894400/1/?ref=HRESS-7

Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand

All rights reserved. Une production de Brigand © 2013

Comments
17 Responses to “Eerie Lunar Landscape In Queens”
  1. Sean Cuellar says:

    Captivating photo!! As a rookie photographer, I love the image post-Sandy created.
    Great work, Stephane.

  2. I would have bet a thousand dollars that the photo was not taken in NYC. Kudos.

  3. jesus says:

    When you look at all the evidence, listen to all of the experts, etc, and consider how massive these structures are vs. even the previously largest sand castles we know of and the respective technology that was available to build them to such precise geometrical symbologisms– wouldn’t you have to say that beings from another world, i.e., “aliens,” did this? I think you would at least have to seriously consider that possibility.

  4. beings like conveyor belts?

  5. A. Faulkner says:

    Fascinating! I love your work and have bookmarked your website.

    This is what the parking lot looked like a couple of weeks after Sandy.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/afaulkner01/8328017992/in/photostream

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