September 11th, 2001. The day our world changed as a country.
I have hundreds of photos from the Flight 93 Memorial site. This is the site where I fell in Love with photojournalism, on the first anniversary.
I was in college for photography, didn’t know which aspect of photography I wanted to pursue. Then I clicked the shutter of a woman wearing an American flag sweater, snuggling her baby as he was wrapped in those stars and stripes. I knew right then and there I wanted to document the emotion, that we as people, can produce without even knowing.
I can go on and on about what is wrong with this image but regardless its still one of my favorite images. I am proud to say I shot this at the age of 17, with film, in a crowded Pennsylvania field, of a stranger who doesn’t even know this exists, on a eerie September day. Wish I knew her name…
I would visit the site often with my camera in hand. These next series of images were shot on May 9, 2004.
Next set of images were taken on July 24, 2004.
I have hundreds and hundreds more images from the site. Most of them were on anniversaries as I spent the first 4-5 years there on 9/11. I have met many family members, eyewitness Terry Butler, and many strangers from this country at the site and chapel in Shanksville.
May we never forget….