Here are some photos I took shortly after 9/11/2001. The first few are of Union Square, where people – mostly young people – were holding candlelight vigils and making art and debating – not arguing, but just talking seriously about what had happened without blame and anger. It was my favorite place to go in those days following the attacks.
The view from Hoboken, New Jersey, where I was living at the time.
You can see some of the Air Force jets that were patrolling the skies for days after.
I went back downtown about a week later to prepare myself to return to work the following week. I worked two blocks away from the World Trade Center.
This is downtown, very close to ground zero.
Buildings were covered with debris and glass from windows and doors was shattered. People were putting up little signs in the windows and writing in the dust.
In the photo above, the flag is draped over the front of the New York Stock Exchange.
The following weekend I saw a man in Central Park playing guitar and singing John Lennon songs. A group of people gathered to listen.
People were trying hard to return to normalcy, by jogging, rollerblading, just taking walks in the park. But I think we were all really shell-shocked.
A photo from 2000. My friend was visiting from Europe and we went to the top of the Empire State Building. You can see the twin towers in the distance.
A photo from 1996. My mom is up in the South Tower’s observation deck looking out at the Statue of Liberty.
I took this picture, of the North Tower, in 1997.