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Near Ground Zero, New York City, New York, 2009

Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center, the work continues on its replacement and on the development of the surrounding neighborhood. I caught a glimpse of a reflected façade through the trees not far from Ground Zero itself – it seemed to be floating in space, almost as if in a dream. My photograph of this reflection reaffirms the prevailing sentiment in this city – move on but never forget what happened here on September 11, 2001. The façade may be surrounded in darkness, yet its reflection is full of promise.

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Phil Douglis01-Apr-2009 04:57
I am thrilled that you see the convergence of those tree branches as a metaphorical explosion, Cyndy. On September 11, 2001, this area was devastated, and I wanted to imply that. Up until now, I thought that the dark shadows and bare trees did that work -- but now, thanks to your own impression of this image, I can also add the radiating branches to that metaphor as well.
Guest 01-Apr-2009 03:23
When I first viewed the smaller version of this, I got the impression of a shattered area in the upper looks almost like a bullet hole with lines radiating out from the center, like those from a car windshield. Shattered dreams, conflict, tension are what I feel. A very powerful image for me.
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