North Tower

This is a shot I took last February in New York City.  I'm usually in New York about 2-3 times a year, and I always make it a point to go down to the WTC site.  The September 11 terrorist attacks were a huge event in history, of course, but they also represent a defining moment in my own life.

Sept 11, 2001 was my dad's 51st birthday, and was also my first day of graduate school; I remember the day vividly, and probably always will.  Without getting too far into political issues (which I'm happy to do - just not here), Sept 11 will always have meaning to me.

It's a very odd experience to be at the WTC site.  To me, it's a memorial and a grave site, and provides a wonderful contemplative environment.  I generally don't take photographs there.  However, on this particular occasion, I found myself alone at the northeast corner of the North Tower reflecting pool.  The sun had *just* gone down, and the atmosphere was particularly calm (and cold - it was mid-February, remember).  I had two frames of Provia 400X left in my Mamiya 7, which had the 45/4.5 mounted; the light was low, and fading fast (I believe this was f/4.5, 1/15).  I made this exposure and one other at 1/8, which wound up a bit blurry.  My initial intent was to highlight the flower on the front of the memorial, but in the final exposure, the names to the right became the central feature.

And I think that's probably fitting.