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Contemplation - "Confusion"

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 4 September 2012 in Documentary & Street.

We walk In this place, Thinking...Wondering;

There is something missing - missing from the skyline
Yet, we can still see it -
it appears like a mirage in the desert...
So long ago, yet so vivid in our memory;

The questions still hammer away at us,
The sadness still rips our heart
We have heard the reasons, we have heard the explanations,
But the explanations do nothing for those who fled,
Fled with the eagle on that horrific day

The Eagle was them...all of them;
The Eagle is us....all of us;

All who ran, jumped, screamed and died on that day were filled with bewilderment. And we were filled with horror as we watched and listened to the ghastly thuds and bangs of bodies hitting the lower building rooftops and cars on the street....Iin a sickened shock, we thought of the sheer confusion, desparation, and panic that caused them to jump.

10 Years, 11 months, and three weeks ago today, my wife and I stood 3,000 miles away in the California early morning, in a total state of shock as we watched this horror unfold. Later, after watching two emormous buildings crumble to the ground in a ghastly plume of smoke, soot, concrete, dust, blood, flesh, bones, teeth, hearts, souls, spirits, and screams, I somehow gathered myself and went to work, almost 3 hours late.

I got to work and a manager, said "well, there's nothing we can do about it, we need to get work done." At that point, I was within inches of ripping his damned head right off of his neck. I was even more confused and so very, very angry!

We grieved for weeks and months afterwards - most all of us did.
We still grieve..most everyone does.

This place that you see here, is Eagle Rock, in New Jersey. - this lookout point has a clear view of Long Island and Manhattan. Some years after the tragedy. a large portion of this park was turned into a very solemn and respectful area of tribute to all of the victoms of 9/11. Those who were in the buildings as well as on the planes and also those who were affected directly by the losses. In the coming days, I will present a few more images of this place...this place of Contemplation and prayer, and tribute.

All images and Text © Denny Jump 2012

OLYMPUS E-510 1/100 second F/5.1 ISO 100 51 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
; Earth Wind and Fire

1/100 second
ISO 100
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