Last week I visited the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. I had mixed feelings as I approached the two large pools that occupy the space where the Twin Towers once stood. This is the site of tragedy and tremendous loss of life, but at the same time the memorial is beautiful. For me it is a somber place, yet it's also a place where tourists enjoy their visit, smiling and taking photos of themselves. It was a unique atmosphere that I have never encountered before.
The National September 11 Memorial opened to the public on September 12, 2011. There are two large reflecting pools that stand in the "footprints" of the fallen Twin Towers. Collected rainwater cascades down the sides, creating the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. Around each side of the pools, the names of those who died that day are etched into the rims.
On the site there is also a forest of 400 trees, and the newly-opened museum. This is a view of the south pool. The south tower, with its observation deck on top, once stood here.
I usually don't post series of the same subject, but in this case I will be showing different points of view, each one feeling a bit different to me.
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lousat (77786) 2014-08-03 10:13
Hi Brenda,very interesting post from this new memorial,i remind exactly what happens there and i hope that will be the last,an excellent capture made with the usual excellent quality,original work,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
batalay (35717) 2014-08-03 10:47
For the first time I get a good sense of the design of the new memorial. I can see how it would create a sense of ambivalence to visitors. There is a somber mood, the gravity of the event thirteen years ago, but also it appears to be a natural air conditioner. On a hot day, it may add enough spray into their air to cool off the area. The presence of humans at the rim gives the proper perspective on its size.
Warm regards, Brenda,
npecanhuk (66220) 2014-08-03 13:05
When I visited NYC back in 2010, I didn't want to visit Ground Zero, because, as you said, I thought it'd be a somber place! Next time, I might go there to see the beautiful and meaningful new constructions, but still, I'm not sure!
Your picture is certainly attractive and I do enjoy its sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition!
Enjoy your week,
emka (79709) 2014-08-03 23:51
Hello Brenda, I can imagine the big emotions when visiting this memorial and the site of tragedy. I am moved even looking at this shot. It looks beautiful. Interesting effect here with the building in the bg looking like in the fog.
WArm regrtads MAlgo
Noel_Byrne (24828) 2014-08-04 8:15
This is an interesting view of this somber place, and gives an excellent idea not only of the size of the waterfalls, but also the size of the fallen towers. I would imagine there is a very strange feeling in the air here, especially as you say seeing people taking selfies.
I guess though there are many who would visit this today who were not even born when this horrible event happened, so to them it is as ancient history.
Thanks For sharing
macjake (57062) 2014-08-04 12:13
its understandable to hear about your conflicting feelings about this site.
I'm struggling myself to even come up with words to write in this critique. So I think i share your feelings here.
Looking forward to see what else you'll share with us.
mesutilgim (85266) 2014-08-04 13:10
Nice capture of this memorial site in NY.
Perfect TE entry enriched with many interesting and usefull notes.
Hopefull the mankind has gotten necessary lectures from this terrible disaster mankind has ever faced.
TFS and best regards
abmdsudi (43714) 2014-08-04 17:46
The horrors of that day still live in the memory from watching it live on TV. This is a fitting tribute and the bleak colours go well with the subject. Glad you are still travelling around getting this fine shot. Remembering what Humanity is capable of is always saddening but we must remember the innocent lives. Poignant shot, Congrats and tfs.
Mics (687) 2014-08-04 23:47
Very interesting post though it still kinda send some eerie feeling for me. But this is certainly a worthwhile capture. Thanks for sharing:)
Have a nice day!
jcpix (13686) 2014-08-06 15:46
It certainly doesn't need to be a Sept. 11th to honor and preserve the memories of those lost. I've yet to see this memorial site, last I was there it was nothing more than a construction zone. There really is an elegant beauty within the deep and somber tones. A beautiful result and dedication, and a fine view which you show here. I certainly look forward to the others you have lined up. With this composition and the people we can see around the perimeters, this offers a strong sense of scope and scale. Enjoy the rest of your evening. Take it easy.
An dd transition from the imagery....but I have to agree, Murr's piercings were painful, and yet extremely amusing to watch. :)