Last year there was a great deal of fanfare about the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. The anniversary is always a time to reflect on what happened that day and all that has happened since. This year was a bit different, Sept 11 seemed to appear almost by stealth. The hoopla wasn’t there – though we all note the day in our own way. None of us will ever forget that day. Although I did not lose anyone personally in that attack, I remember vividly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that that two passenger planes had been flown deliberately into the twin towers. But this evening while I was driving home, I realized that I could see the “Tribute of Light ” from my car. It seemed to be calling me, so I decided at the last minute to drive to the Yonkers Waterfront. When I got there, there were several local residents doing the same thing. It was a lovely evening, cool and crisp so quite a few people were looking at the lights and taking in the memorial plaque and observing the lights from the vantage point of the waterfront. Then I realized that I had my telephoto lens and camera box with me, so I decided to try and take a picture.
This is not one of my best shots. The Tribute of light is on the left side of the suspension portion of the bridge – they are faint even though this is quite a long exposure. The lights on the pier got in the way a bit and I didn’t have a bulb release for the shutter -so camera shake was a problem. The lights on the George Washington Bridge were also a distraction. In order to see the lights, I had to overexpose the shots so that the sky and water appeared a strange color of tan. When I tried to correct that later, the lights disappeared. So I decided to use a black and white version.
Photos not withstanding – being there on the pier was worth the time. The names on the plaque next to me told the story of lives snuffed out all too soon. I counted 24 names – all Yonkers residents. Our lives may have moved on, but they have never been the same – which is as it should be.
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