New photos by Tobias Hutzler: New York City in darkness

In late October, Hurricane Sandy rendered Lower Manhattan silent, dark, and eerily still. The sudden transformation inspired Tobias Hutzler, who lives in one of Downtown’s most bustling neighborhoods, to seek out vantage points from which he could photograph New Yorkers’ interaction with their newly mysterious city.

“I shot in different locations, including in the East Village and Chinatown,” he explains. “I was fascinated by how the movement and trails of traffic, cars, people, and bikes suddenly became visible because the lights were out. Pedestrians with flashlights were making their way through completely dark streets, in neighborhoods that are usually so busy.

“It’s almost like a different face of New York became visible, one that is invisible to the eye in the usually light-polluted streets.”

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Lower Manhattan during the blackout caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 2012. Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Lower Manhattan during the blackout caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 2013. Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Lower Manhattan during the blackout caused by Hurricane Sandy, October 2013. Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

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