Sunday afternoon, I started doing a "man on the street" shoot, randomly approaching people to ask for their thoughts about 9/11, and to ask if they'd mind being photographed for the community website, Patch.com.
I spoke with the local volunteer firemen who related how they all came to headquarters that day to help any way they could .. A psychoanalyst who tries to dwell on the positive aspects of 9/11, how it pulled us all together .. The mother of 3 children, two of whom were just toddlers 10 years ago .. A group of teens who remember their parents sad reactions that day .. A former phys ed teacher who watched the towers burn from the roof of a New Jersey field house .. And a business owner who said he wants to remember the feelings of vulnerability and community that 9/11 inspired.
West Side Presbyterian Church was the site for an afternoon remembrance in Ridgewood, NJ, where 12 of its residents were lost. A majestic place with seating for hundreds, every seat was taken. The orchestra and choir presented a moving rendition of Gabriel Faure's Requiem. (Click on any photo to enlarge).
|As a stained glass artisan, I was in awe of the craftsmanship in these windows.|
|Flash was not permitted. All photos taken with my Nikon D300s and Nikkor 70-200mm VR II 2.8 lens. Most at ISO800, various f stops and shutter speeds.|
|This woman's face was so haunting, her sorrow.|
|People took a great deal of comfort in being together on this day.|