With the opening of the 9/11 Museum at the former World Trade Center site in New York City, I was compelled to dig into the photo archives. I departed New York Harbor aboard a ship on Sunday, 9 September 2011 and took a number of photos of the Manhattan Skyline, including the World Trade Center itself, not to mention several tugboats working the Hudson River. Of course, two days later, disaster struck. And one week later, I drove to the site for a first-hand look, toting my Hasselblad, Nikon, and plenty of gear. It was a long walk down to the site and worth every drop of sweat. One of the photos I took was of a newsstand that had been closed since 11 September. Inside, it was like a time capsule of the news of the day. Here’s a look at the sheet of film of those images:
The one labeled “#6” is the one I mentioned avow. Here’s a closer look:
There you see the Daily News with it’s screaming headline. You can also see the reflection of my leg and foot in the glass. It was quite a site to see that day, one I will never forget. I’m grateful to have my own images, ones that I will keep forever.