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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Universal Impact

I lived in New York City during the 9/11 disaster. In fact, my apartment had unobstructed direct views of the Twin Towers. I viewed the impact of the first tower minutes after the first plane struck a tower. I live and work in lower Manhattan in close proximity to Ground Zero, and like other downtown residents, elements of the aftermath lingered for months. Smoke, fumes, restricted areas, emergency vehicles, vigils, and memorials were part of every day life.
I have a series of photos taken during that period, none of which I have posted before. There has so much coverage, imaging, and activity surrounding the disaster that I have limited my participation. Any contributions sometime feel virtually gratuitous.
Today I have opted to post one of my original photographs of a memorial site against a fenced-in area surrounding Washington Square Arch in the Village, taken in 2001 - see second photo here. This site was one of many spontaneous occurrences throughout the city. One remarkable thing about all of these sites was the universal regard they were shown for the long periods of time that they remained. Like the ghost bikes around town, these displays of candles, flowers, and personal notes were left unprotected but remained unaltered.
There were a small number of sales of inappropriate 9/11 "memorabilia" immediately after the event, but most of this was squashed quickly and mercilessly by mayor Giuliani. There was zero sympathy for anyone trying to capitalize in such a heartless manner.
No graffiti or vandalism and little exploitation - extremely rare in this city to have an event of such monumental impact that it is paid such universal respect...

6 comments:

b13 said...

Actually, "an eye for an eye" makes two people with no depth perception.

I am by no means a pacifist and hope they capture OBL. I will never forget and justice needs to be served.

Tanya said...

I can't imagine how it must have been to be living there at that time.

Very nice and simple tribute.

Sharon said...

Great photo for today! Thanks.

Dottie Jo said...

I was in NYC on 11\11\2001, and saw one of those ghost bikes near Ground Zero. It was eerie.

Thank you for posting this photo on such an important day.

• Eliane • said...

Beautiful post Brian. That day and the weeks that followed is forever burnt in my brain.I feel like I remember every minute of it.

Just Roaming The Cities said...

Very humbling to see this today. When many have forgotten just what happened, you bring a careful reminder. Thank you for posting this shot, I hope you do more in the future as you see fit.