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On Reflection

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 19 June 2014 in Cityscape & Urban.

This was taken at the reflection pool which now occupies the space where the North Tower of the World Trade Center once stood. Tuesday of this week, Barbara, her sister, Patty, and I visited here.

The day was searing hot! Not much breeze was around. Everyone was uncomfortable, yet, few complaints were heard as we stood in the hot sun for almost 90 minutes, waiting to enter the newly-opened 911 Museum.

Here at the pool, I sensed a feeling that seemed to be present in everyone as we all held out our cell phones and cameras, trying to capture and preserve what WE all felt at that time. I truly believed there was a common, unspoken, shared purpose to capture an image that, in some way, would help each of us to accept, understand, and "deal with" the pain and emptiness that STILL exists in so many hearts and minds......including mine.

The Museum, just recently opened, will be the subject of more images to come.

Apple iPhone 5s 1/2415 second F/2.2 ISO 40 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

** 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

ursulakatariina from Uusikaupunki, Finland

Beautiful shot. This would be interesting place to visit.

19 Jun 2014 6:03am

@ursulakatariina: Thank you, Ursulakatariina!

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

A sobering place Denny

19 Jun 2014 6:51am

@Doug: Thanks so much, Doug!

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

cool pov

19 Jun 2014 8:40am

@Dimitrios: Thank you, Dimitrios1

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

It sounds like a very moving experience.

19 Jun 2014 8:29pm

@B. Thomas: It is in many ways, Barbara...but we want to go back...

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A beautiful image Denny. I think it would be hard to visit there.

19 Jun 2014 9:13pm

@Elaine Hancock: HI Elaine - Hard, but helpful, really...there are so any tears yet to be visiting a loved one - new thoughts come each time and we walk away, still asking why, but somehow feeling a bit stronger as well. Love to youDear Friend!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

good perspective here that places the memorial in the context of the city in the background! this sure must be an emotional place to visit...

20 Jun 2014 2:16am

@DarkElf: Hi DarkElf - I noticed when we were there, that many visitors, once reaching the edges of the ponds, became at the least respectful, and in many cases reserved and even solemn. The areas around the site are now filled with trees and benches and placards that tell various stories. Quite honestly, the "aura" of the place seems to have diminished because of these factors, which to me, is really a good thing - after all we must move on but remember. I further noticed that those who obviously worked and lived in the World Trade Center area, were obviously comfortable and went about their daily business. bUt, as I mentioned, certainly when anyone reaches the pools, or looks up at the new tower (I will present that in a few days) or visits inside the museum, or walks around quietly, looking and reading, we remember and we still ask "why," Thank you DarkElf <3

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot, Denny!

20 Jun 2014 3:06am

@Steve Rice: Thank you Steve - Man it was hot!! But I am so glad we was a rather quick visit but we got it all in and now want to go back on a bit more leisurely pace....If you are interested, as I am< in the human behavioral aspects, have a look at my response to DarkElf which I really meant to tell everyone ;-) A big salute and Thank You to you Sir!

Langevine from Angers, France

oh trop bien cette fontaine et aussi la façon dont tu as cadré

20 Jun 2014 6:45am

@Langevine: Thank you, Langevine...I waited to get this corner :-) Somebody else was there and I stood for a moment waiting for her to leave :-)

Apple iPhone 5s
1/2415 second
ISO 40
30 mm (35mm equiv.)