Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11 five years on: post #4

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A child’s picture (created on a computer, it seems) of the Twin Towers trembling in fear and crying. This was hanging among the tributes to the dead and missing-persons notices at Ground Zero. Photographed 28 February 2002.

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A view we'll never see again, from the top of the World Trade Center, around late February/early March 2000. It was a very foggy morning, and the already poor quality of the picture has been further worsened by re-photographing this from a print.

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Ground Zero, 28 February 2002.

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Ground Zero, 28 February 2002.

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Paper cranes, tributes to the dead, and missing-persons notices at Ground Zero. Photographed 28 February 2002.

10 Comments:

Blogger Tanya said...

Those are very evocative pictures, *.

11 September, 2006 13:24  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Looks like we were in NYC at the same time. My bro-in-law is a journalist, he was covering D.C and I went through NYC to meet up with my sis and her family down there.

I didn't go to Ground Zero, still haven't. I went to the top of wtc last time in 89. Was in financial district in 2000, walking around mnahattan with a friend. He wanted to go up the wtc, and I said, nope. Since 93, I was afraid of going in the building. He thought I was nuts.

Enjoyed your posts on this...I've got the news on in background with constant memorials...and just sad sad feelings. I am sick feeling. The other night we were at an opening outside the city, when we drove back downtown to Chicago...one building had it's office windows lit saying 9
11.

And the other side of the building was a flag. It was quite incredible and all four of us went silent.

11 September, 2006 14:47  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

The kiddies drawing of the towers crying just choked me up

11 September, 2006 16:20  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya: Thanks. I was kind of going for that, and I was keen to use my own pictures for a personal tribute.

Candy: That's wild that we were there at the same time. Ground Zero is a strange place, and I fear I committed that cardinal sin of spending too much time taking pictures and not enough time absorbing. I think it was because we didn't realize how short the time slot was for each group of visitors.

WTC was an incredible experience. I'm terrified of height, but now, in the light of what happened, I'm so glad I made that trip.

Thanks for sharing the Chicago building story. I can just imagine it. I was amazed, as a non-American, just how tangible was the nation's outpouring of emotion on our visit to NYC six months later. Amazing.

4D: I know. It's a really powerful image for me, too. It's that naive innocence, isn't it?

11 September, 2006 16:32  
Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

My parents still have tickets for going up the WTC. They bought extra so they could keep them as a memento in 1989

Things that have little meaning at first become invaluable later

11 September, 2006 20:29  
Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said...

Leighton has encapsulated this one I feel http://leightoncooke.blogspot.com/

11 September, 2006 21:49  
Blogger tideliar said...

Nice tribute *

11 September, 2006 21:56  
Blogger _z. said...

may they rest in peace!

I visited ground zero last year. I never saw the twin towers when they were actually standing, so I don't have the same association and feeling of emptiness you guys have.
But I felt from the "absence" that it used to be a sublime citiscape.

the skyline of manhatten really did change.

12 September, 2006 05:41  
Anonymous the cappuccino kid. said...

looked at it on google earth. not in a sick voyueristic way, but to see just how much space they took up and the vast emtiness thats left. both physically and metophorically.
even blogger felt quiet yeterday, if thats at all possible?

12 September, 2006 08:02  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shamash: That's amazing. Hey, maybe they'll be redeemable whenever the new buildings go up...? That'd be strange. I've still got my stub.

G-Hobbs: Thanks for the link.

Tidy: Cheers.

_z.: I do feel a connection of sorts, albeit a shallow one based on having been there early one morning. I forget what time now, but 9-ish. Y'know, random shit happens. I'm sure there must have been tourists up there on the top of the building precisely where I had stood just 18 months earlier. At the time, my cousin was working in Manhattan too (though more central), so there was a frantic few minutes trying to get hold of her or her husband to make sure they were okay etc.

Cappy: It was a quiet day in blogland, yes. I've not checked it out on Google Earth, but one of the best shots I've seen on TV, in terms of scale, was (I think) at the beginning of the opening episode of season 2 of Rescue Me. It's such an emormous space, hole, emptiness.

12 September, 2006 16:45  

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