9/11 2001: the hardest day of my life ... after being 10 days in NYC I left my hotel (Hotel 17, 17th street) about 7 am and something. I had a transfer to the airport La Guardia. Leaving Manhatten over Brooklyn bridge I had a nice view on the Skyline included the beautiful Twin Towers. But now I wanted to leave for Chicago for abot 6 days. After that I wanted to come back to NYC for some days. But everything came different.
Sitting in the plane about 8.50 I had a windowplace with a view on the skyline of Manhatten. But there was something wrong. The North Tower was burning. What happend in the meanwhile? A man next to me was reading his Tora. I told him what I saw, but he didn't react. As nobody in the plane realized what happend outside in Manhatten I was confused. I didn't stop looking to the towers and than came the moment that the second Tower was lost in the big fire. I didn't understand what happend now because from my sight the plane which was used like a weapon was covered by the building. So I still didn't have any idea. But I saw it was worse and I realized that there were people burning and dieing.
Than the captain of our plane told us that we wouldn't start and that we all have to leave the plane. Just some minutes later we all had to leave from the airport. The next I heard from a guy who phoned with his father was that the first tower collapsed. I didn't beleave to what he said. I really answered "Come on. You know these Towers. That is not possible." But some time later I realized that the Towers were history. Later there were the news " Americ on war". I was there for myself and normaly I like to travel for myself. But these days I was so alone and lost, something like paralized. The first two days I even didn't make any photos. I had to stay in NYC for other 7 or 8 days before I could go back home. After that I didn't travel for 2 years ...
Here you see the dust from the Towers some days later. The picture was taken from the road next the Hudson River.
Taken with my Nikon FM and scanned.
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luisafonso (862) 2006-09-11 11:36
Nice docummentary shot Nino and very good note. No one can really forget that day...
Homerhomer (4080) 2006-09-11 11:43
thanks for your story.
right from the thumbnail I knew it had to be about 9/11, fascinating photo and a sad reminder of event I don't think anyone of us could ever forget.
worldcitizen (9348) 2006-09-11 12:27
Thanks for sharing your story and this photo. It is very hard to explain what it felt like here in NYC on that day. I was in my office (thankfully in midtown) on the 38th floor when the tragedy took place. I couldn't leave Manhattan until later that night. The next few days were filled with grief and shock. You mention that you didn't take a photo for two days. I couldn't do any "normal" things for six days. It is hard to believe five years have passed...
nwoehnl (122) 2006-09-11 14:19
A good journalistic package in your gripping notes and the rugged-looking photo, Nino. The high contrast from the light enhances the ghostly mood of this scene with the people going towards the smoke-engulfed area in lower Manhattan. Incredible that this is already five years ago, I still vividly remember the shock when the news broke while I was on the phone with American colleagues at work.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-09-11 16:44
Your story is incredible.
What can i say.
It's impossible for us to understand how was the suffuring of all these victims.
Also, it's impossible to understand how the hate can be in the mind of some people who organise this.
Thanks to share with us this terrible experience.
Take care with you
kajspice (4542) 2006-09-11 20:17
A very "human" perspective you have provided us with. You were, and clearly still are deeply upset by the events. The perspective is apt, as you have provided the sense of being almost lost in the crowds...no faces...everyone is just just spectating..what else could you do...
thank you for sharing your experiences...
danielswalsh (13599) 2006-09-12 0:20
Wow, I had no idea that you were in the states and around NYC at this time...
Although fundamentally the image could be sharper and is slightly crooked etc etc. In reading the story the image really conveys the same feeling. A feeling of lost, uncertainty, confusion etc etc...
A photo-journalistic piece of work,
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-09-12 4:19
Its very sad that you were there that day.
Your photo and particuallrly your comment captures well the madness
ChrisJ (117699) 2006-09-12 9:12
From memeory, the fires were burning for months after. A superb photodocumentary shot, & a nice tribute. Tfs!
t0mmm1 (5442) 2006-09-12 16:53
incredible story that you wrote and a really good reportage shot. I have no words.
huynt (5079) 2006-09-12 22:50
you passed the the hard days on your travel.This bad story is really a history show. your photo sa a journalist.Well done.huy
john_c (24666) 2006-09-13 9:47
A fascinating glimpse of history and cityscape captured at a decisive moment. I had no idea you were so close to the tragedy of that day. The smoke, the distant buildings, and the people walking about appear as in a drama. Your note is first rate, and poignant. Well captured, Nino.
peter1892 (1681) 2006-09-13 9:50
The shot seems almost dream like - as if you were in a daze, which is probably how it was at the time anyway. It has a strange, almost oppressive atmopshere, despite the blue skies & seemingly good weather. All of the people in the image appear to be looking away from you towards the place where the Twin Towers stood.
A sad story, but a good contribution.
yanseiler (20) 2006-09-19 8:46
Hi Nino, an interesting composition with a touch of soft polaroïd effect that I like, however I think that there is a little bit too much sky...
Stepan (27210) 2006-09-23 2:47
What a story. It must be so hard to live with that. I can understand you didn't travel after that. This was a black day, this is a black story, as so many people, everywhere, lived that day.