Nine Eleven At Twelve

New York City

It’s that day again. Quite frankly, the photos, videos and stories haven’t lost one bit of their impact. September 11th  was Hollywood’s worst nightmare come true. The day that reality produced an image in the global psyche that no movie studio could ever come close to matching. It was a worse nightmare for the people in the towers.

It was heaven for the conspiracy theorists. Generally speaking, if something is a conspiracy theory, it is because it’s not true. But that won’t stop them. The events of 9/11 will have the crazies waxing lyrical for decades. Or centuries. They’re still doing JFK after all. Roll on November 22nd. How the world has changed in twelve years. For the better or worse? Both and neither. The world just changes. Always has, always will. Manhattan has changed. The past just always feels more secure. Just because we survived it. The photo above was mine from 2003. And it reminds me that I still need to re-process the originals I took from New York that year. Below are some rose tinted photos of a happy New York from the National Archives.


13 thoughts on “Nine Eleven At Twelve

  1. Andean says:

    Good day to post these. And wondering when you would post the NYC photos. No, I didn’t forget.

    September 11, a day to remember, and never forget… if that makes any sense. Today I did what I intended to do THAT day but never made it– drove to the beach.


  2. Gary — I seem to have misplaced your email. But your post is as good a place for this question. It is about processing photographs for posting on my blog. Mine are being severely compressed. Do you know if there is a way to avoid that? A commenter started a bit of this by calling my choice of the Sony NEX6 a laughable choice for a camera.


    • I read the comment. Ignore it. Baloney. A troll.

      As for image compression. First of all, have you checked your camera settings. There are often different quality levels. Just make sure you’re shooting at highest level to start with. Secondly, what are you processing the photos with? What do you do to them?

      How do you upload them? Some uploaders have settings which reduce the resolution. And finally, are you still hosting on Google/Blogger*?! Get yourself a decent home for photo storage. Flickr is free, and 500px has a free option. In both cases, it’s easy to embed your photos into your blog. And neither of them harm your photos.

      *I got turned right off Google as a photo host a year back when I realised that it was shrinking my photos by default.


    • I get the sentiment. But I think there’s quite a few people on planet earth who saw 9/11 and thought to themselves…’Meh. A normal day’. The US, for sure, will never be the same again.


  3. It seems like conspiracy theories are being proved to be the truth every day now, what with warrantless wiretaps, NSA spying on everyone, American journalists stopped and questioned for hours every time they cross the border back into the USA, NSA creating backdoors to virtually every software package known. These days, I’m WAY more afraid of the US government than Al Qaeda.

    And for that, we can thank the overreaction to 9/11.

    Seriously. More people die every year from aspirin overdoses than died on 9/11.

    It’s time this country gained some perspective.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we think policy should be dictated by data, not emotions.


    • I’m going to be honest Kim. If at any time in the last 20 years someone had told me that ANY government at all on this planet WASN’T snooping at emails, collecting internet and telephone data and generally spying on anyone and everyone that they possibly could spy on – I’d have laughed at them. I’m not arguing that this is right. Far from it. Only that I would have considered that to be the default. I’m amazed that any of this came as a surprise.*

      I’m still far more afraid of al-Qaeda than I am of my or your government, at least as far as spying etc in concerned. I’m comforted by the knowledge that no matter how much data they collect, they simply don’t have the manpower to go knocking on everyone’s door.

      That said, I am still far more afraid of bus accidents, lightning strikes, rabies and a whole host of other unlikely events than I am of al-Qaeda. I’m more relaxed about aspirin, having survived several doses previously. But I do know exactly what you mean. There are people who would like every Muslim interred for their own peace of mind. When rounding up repeat drink drivers would in fact make the place a million times safer.

      *Perhaps I had read too many John Le Carre novels etc.


  4. norm says:

    I saw the plane that went down in Pennsylvania fly by twice that clear blue day. I thought the military was doing an air lift experiment with private aircraft; something along the line of putting 10,000 boots on the ground in short order using commercial airplanes. We have a military runway about 15 miles away , low flying boxcar planes training in our skies are an everyday thing here in Northeast Ohio, a low flying jet was something new but the military fliers practice here all the time at very low altitudes. I was wrong again…


    • I grew up hearing about how people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when JFK was shot. I always thought that was kind of strange. But it makes perfect sense now. I had the day off and was in front of the PC. I saw a ticker on BBC News website about a plane hitting the WTC. I turned on the TV just in time to watch the second plane go in.


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