New York City - 1 WTC at Sunset
There are some nights so magical and special, so all-encompassing in their scope that it feels impossible to relay their magnitude.
Last night was one of them.
This is one of the photos I took last night as I watched one of the most stunning sunsets paint itself across the sky from a terrace on the top of 4 World Trade Center.
I was up there to take night photos of 1 World Trade Center and hadn’t even seen the sky until I made it up to the 57th floor unfinished terrace. For a few seconds, it scarcely seemed real, as if the giant hand of an artist had crafted a colorful composite to serve as a background for the majestic 1 World Trade Center.
When I was asked to take photos to accompany an upcoming article about the World Trade Center for the Guardian, I was honored and also a bit curious about how I would feel photographing such an iconic symbol of strength built upon the hallowed, sacred ground of loss, and despair.
I have written about September 11th a few times on this blog usually accompanying photo-sets that remain a bit too emotional for me to view to this day: 1) The opening of the 9/11 Memorial, 2) In remembrance - The World Trade Center Memorial , 3)Tie a Ribbon of Remembrance - Public Art and the World Trade Center. Since 2001, the site has largely remained a solemn place of reflection for me and many New Yorkers.
Visiting the site initially a few weeks ago was a cathartic experience in retrospect. What once felt like a deep abyss of despair has been partially transformed into a powerful site of strength demonstrating New York City’s tenacity and ability to regrow while also carefully dwelling in deep remembrance.
And so, last night I stood high up on a terrace of 4 World Trade Center looking out towards 1 World Trade Center which rose up in front of me like a phoenix as the sun spilled across the sky, and I smiled with happy tears in my eyes.
* This is an 8 second long exposure taken with my Sony A7R.
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