What America Looks Like: Taking Photos of Hurricane Irene

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The United States as seen by its residents

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In the age of the cheap cell phone camera, we're a nation of photographers more than ever before. Above, residents photograph Hurricane Irene in Loch Harbor, New Jersey. (Reuters)

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A man photographs storm waves in Holgate, New Jersey. (AP Images/Joe Epstein)

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"The storm knocked out power to 3.3 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast, forced two nuclear plants to shut and idled oil ports and refining as it approached New York City early on Sunday." (Reuters)

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A woman photographs the storm in Montauk, New York. (Reuters)

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A man photographs storm damage in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. (AP Images/Charles Darapak)

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Waves wash over a man's feet in Battery Park City in Manhattan. (AP Images/Jason DeCrow)

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Young men photograph the storm in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Reuters)

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A man among the sea gulls. (Reuters)

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A couple takes photos in East Hampton, New York. (Reuters)

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In Hightstown, New Jersey, a woman photographs Main Street. (AP Images/Jim Gerberich)

Previously in this series: Venice Beach, California. Western Georgia. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Birmingham, Alabama. Clarksdale, Mississippi. New York, New York. The border between Arizona and Nevada. Detroit, Michigan. Key West, Florida. Portland, Oregon. Boston, Massachusetts. Austin, Texas. Nashville, Tennessee. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seattle, Washington. Portland, Maine.

Yokena, Mississippi. Smyrna, Georgia. Vicksburg, Mississippi. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hoboken, New Jersey. Los Angeles, California. Kittery, Maine. Hamden, Connecticut. Westwood, New Jersey. Weehawken, New Jersey. Reno, Nevada. Luna, New Mexico. Athens County, Ohio, living on a bus. On the Ohio River, addicted to pills. At Ohio University, Chinese exchange students. Inner City Oakland, California, on a bicycle. Variations on the swimming pool. Yellowstone National Park. Independence, Iowa. Different sides of the barber shop. West Liberty, Iowa. The American flag and its uses. The 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. The Balboa Peninsula. Boston, Massachusetts. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Synchronized swimming while old. In Manassas, Virginia, a Civil War reenactment. Ground Zero, a decade later. Airport security. Peaks Island, Maine. The streets of northeast Portland, Oregon. Aboard a Coast Guard cutter. The Crystal Cathedral. Joplin, Missouri. The Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in Washington D.C. Preparing for Hurricane Irene.

Submission guidelines: We're seeking photographs that capture the look and feel of the United States as seen by those who live here, rather than the stock images of postcards and TV backdrops. Email photos to whatamericalookslike@gmail.com - doing so affirms that you hold all rights to the submission, and grants us permission to publish your photo at TheAtlantic.com and in any future collection of What America Looks Like photographs.

Include the city and state where the image is taken, and as detailed a description as you're willing to offer. Also let us know if you've got a photo Web site or a link where a print of your photo is available for purchase.


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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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