Ground Zero

North Pool, Ground Zero

North Pool

9/11 Memorial, New York. Gary and I walked all over New York last Saturday and while we hadn’t planned to visit Ground Zero, it was something both of us wanted to see as we’d seen it under construction but never finished.

I have to say, the two reflecting pools marking the foundations of the twin towers are impressive and reminded me of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC designed by Maya Lin.

I spent time in the Twin Towers, both on business and pleasure and this was the fist time I got a real hit of how much time has passed since 9/11. What brought that home was the fact that there were thousands of people around these pools, all taking pictures (selfies and more) and many seeming to not quite remember what happened here. If I’m truthful, I don’t think it hit Gary and me all that hard while we were standing there either.

It really hit me when I got home and picked up last week’s New Yorker (which I’ve not looked at yet since Gary was here) and looked closely at its cover illustration by Adrian Tomine.

When I took these images (and I took many more) I hadn’t seen that cover illustration and in a way, I’m glad I hadn’t, but I did notice the general scene that cover depicts and now, in retrospect I find it a bit disturbing.

The Pools are exactly the right architectural memorial and some day I’d like to visit when there are fewer people to see if I can get a better fix on the event and what’s left.

North Pool

Reflections on New York

Richard and Gary reflecting on New York

Richard and Gary reflecting on New York

New York City. Gary and I were in New York to see the Gary Winogrand show at the Met and see what Manhattanhenge was all about. We had a great day, walking all over the city taking pictures of all sorts of things. Now it’s going to take us a while to sort through the images and get them posted. This small collection is my start: various reflections and shadows from around the city.

Richard reflecting on Wall Street

Richard reflecting on Wall Street

Gary shooting up

Gary shooting up

Ground Zero balloon sculpture reflections

Ground Zero balloon sculpture reflections

Richard and Gary shooting 1 World Trade Center

Richard and Gary shooting 1 World Trade Center

Ground Zero

Looking at the World Trade Center site

New York City. A group of us went into New York yesterday and one person wanted to see ground zero. I must say that besides helping a friend move out from Battery Park City right after 9/11 I’d not been to the site. it’s a fascinating thing to see with an incredible amount of construction activity going on.

There are tours and lectures going on all the time and I must say, I thought I knew a lot about what happened that day but the lecturer had lots of interesting facts I didn’t know.

The building going up in this picture is the Freedom Tower which is about 10′ smaller in cross section than one of the original World Trade Center Towers.

Construction at ground zero