I wonder how the generation born around 9/11 will feel about the ensuing years, growing up in an era of war, tragedy and terrorism — things I didn’t have to worry about as a kid growing up in the 80s and 90s. This photo is about that question, which is expressed by the young girl on the bottom right corner who looks as if she could have been born around 2001 or thereafter. I thought the people in the photograph (who were old enough to know the tragedy of that day) could be me.
For the last 5 or 6 years, I’ve been making photos at either the area near Ground Zero or far enough away to get the full scope of the Twin Tower lights beaming into the sky. It’s been my own tribute; my way of dealing with this example of tragedy and to record the years that pass. What I’ve noticed is that the ceremonies and solemn honoring of the dead remains unchanged throughout the years. Even the feeling of walking within a vacuum of emotion still haunts the area almost as if no joy will ever enter within the parameter of the fallen buildings. September 11, 2001 began a series of events which continue its long arm of tragic decisions and deaths for thousands of people in Iraq and Afghanistan; complicating our relationship even further with the Middle East. Living in “Ground Zero” of this fulcrum of history is the closest I’ve ever been to atrocity.
The monuments and memorials don’t share the depth of loss but rather it is exhibited through the eyes of family members, fire fighters, police officers and loved ones who shared losses on 9/11 — and this is what guided my story, which I intended to be unique and respectful.
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September 11, 2012
I’m doing a shoot that uses photos of unfortunate jumpers from 9/11 as the inspiration as well as the suicide of Evelyn McHale. I’m looking for a mostly female cast of models (pro or not) who would be willing to do an approximate 20 minute shoot.
I need to know if you are willing to do nude, partial, or clothed. You will remain completely anonymous. The photos will be purposely overexposed to conceal facial and bodily details to focus on form, mystery, beauty, and chaos. I fully understand the controversy surrounding this project, which is why I’m treating it with sensitivity. The photos that have inspired this project fucked me up more than anything. The ones from 9/11 gave me nightmares for months. I’m trying to replicate the eerie peace of these tragic shots and treat the victims and subjects with the utmost respect.
I’m scheduling these shoots throughout August and September. I can’t pay anyone but we can do a special 30 minute shoot of whatever you want as payment for your help on this. This is a very personal and special project for me. I wouldn’t be able to thank you enough.
Please feel free to email any of your questions and whether you’d be interested in working with me.