With the anniversary of 9/11 in a couple of days I thought to look back at some lesser known images of the day.
This project, ‘Morning of 9/11’ by Aristide Economopoulos is absolutely captivating and really nails the horror and heavy nature of the day. One photo in particular (you’ll know it when you see it) is so horrific, human, and captivating that I really can’t articulate it as well as I should.
He also does a follow-up, ‘9/11 – 10 Years Later’ which really drives the whole thing to a conclusion. To me, it shows the resolve of New Yorkers, and how people are capable of building up, moving forward from tragic events, able to live their lives without letting the fear of re-living that event be a part of them.
I remember that morning, I was 10 years old, I had moved into a newly built house in the burbs of the city. It was a school morning and I was doing my usual routine: wake up, get ready for the day, switch on CBC to watch ‘Arthur’ and have breakfast. But on that day, I didn’t get to see those morning cartoons before school – and I was grumbling about it. I just didn’t think or care for the news that day.
Once I got to school, everyone was talking about it. I even had a classmate, Martin, whose father was actually in the WTC that day. Martin’s dad made it out, but unfortunately not everyone did.
I know I was 10 years old at the time, but I still feel bad about not having the capacity to empathize or realize the gravity of the situation.