Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Never Again

No doubt there are many 9/11 posts being made today. Some will be written by people who really were part of the tragic story, while others will be by people who, in the telling, make themselves part of it. No one has the definitive word, nor should they. Everyone, if only by being human, has some connection to that awful day. In a way it was my generation's JFK assassination: we'll laugh again, but we'll never be young again.

My own involvement, if it can even be called that, was limited to observing from a safe distance. At the time I wasn't sure why I was taking the photos included here, or whether it was even in good taste to do so. Since it was clear history was happening even before we knew its full extent, I decided to take the pictures while I could and sort out the other issues later.

With my friends in other places in mind, I eventually decided to try to create a small record of the events and their aftermath that was not filtered through professional news reports, but rather that was as seen through the eyes of an average New Yorker. It is in this spirit that I offer these photos.

I had a lot more words written and then realized it would be more appropriate to let the images speak for themselves to whomever will listen, just as they first spoke to me six years ago. I have added only a few minor captions under some of the photos.

A few minutes after the south tower fell.

Mid-town Manhattan (about a mile north of the site) a couple of hours after the attacks. These streets would normally be packed with people, cars and buses.

Later that afternoon, from across the Hudson River on a train in Newark, New Jersey.

In this photo and the two below are, for me, some of the most heart-wrenching images from the weeks following the attacks: flyers posted everywhere by family members desperately holding on to a thread of hope, seeking information on the whereabouts of missing loved ones.

 

A couple of days after the attacks, a sign outside Madison Square Garden in mid-town Manhattan lists all events as being cancelled.

For weeks after the attacks, smoke rose from the site as the building materials and contents continued to smolder.

 

9 comments:

amy122389 said...

The pictures are so poignant....  a clear beautiful sky....and then your eye focuses on smoke...

~Amy

sugarsweet056 said...

Beautiful tribute. God bless.
Sugar

jeanno43 said...

Beautiful tribute.  The whole world will never forget that terrible day.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/jeanno43/JeannettesJottings/

gazker said...

I have just sat here and nearly choked on the lump in my throat. Moving photos mate.
Gaz

rdautumnsage said...

((Hugs)) This event was truly tragic in itself. I think for us New Yorkers it hit a little too close to home. Although I live in upstate NY we saw evidence of the smoke days afterwards as far up this way......Beautiful rememberance, those posters where indeed heartwrenching to behold. (Hugs) Indigo

pharmolo said...

You were closer than I, and saw at first hand the impact and aftermath.

imjacobnotjames said...

Nice post. I'd be looking for these pictures but couldn't find them.

Not sure this HTML will work, but here is a link to the URL of the picture - http://i14.tinypic.com/6647s7s.jpg

Here's the memorial lights from our back window that I took -

<img src="http://i14.tinypic.com/6647s7s.jpg">

- Jake

csandhollow said...

It still makes me sick

sonensmilinmon said...

I'm glad you took the photographs - they were moving and left me chocked up.  They are history, they are a part of life now.  

Moving entry

Monica