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.