Sunday, October 16, 2011

Photographing the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero on a Rainy Day

I visited the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero for the first time on Friday. I say the first time because I plan on returning to photograph it, when the lights come on and the names of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 are illuminated. Hopefully next time it won't rain. On the other hand, the rain helps us focus on the feelings we have when visiting such places, such memorials. So, I guess the rain did help.

Photographing Mementos, 9/11 Memorial
There was a lot of noise from the nearby construction side, also a long line with multiple check points. All in all, it resembles the airport experience. But I did get inside the memorial park just when the rain started to pick up. Yet, I like the photograph in the rain, as long as the camera gear doesn't get soaked.

And, indeed, the rain adds a dramatic element, in general. In this case, at the 9/11 memorial, the rain only had to highlight this element.
Water Curtain at 9/11 Memorial

The two footprints of the Twin Towers are now watery memorials with names imprinted forever along their sides. Names of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 attacks. 
Twin Tower Imprint at 9/11 Memorial
 On one side of the 9/11 Memorial Park new buildings are growing taller and taller each day. The new One World Trade Center building peaks through the low-hanging clouds and fog. Soon it will reach its final height of 1776 feet.

One WTC 
The memorial park represents a place where the Past and Future intersect, in a spot some of us may call the Present.
Looking through, at the base of the South Tower footprint, one can see the American flag through the water curtain of the memorial. I'll be visiting soon to photograph these sacred grounds again. Hope you'll do the same.

As always, thanks for stopping by.
Alina Oswald