Photography has always fascinated me. I just dabble, but my uncle was a professional. I have friends who have been professional photographers. They say that a picture speaks a thousand words. But sometimes the stories behind the photographs are just as meaningful. Enjoy an excerpt from Resilience by Ron B. Wilson before you download your own copy. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour as well. Best of luck entering the giveaway!
Just before 9 a.m. on September 11, 2001, I got a phone call from
my friend Lilly, a photojournalist working for the Miami Herald. She
told me there was a small plane crash at the World Trade Center, near
my place, and wondered if I could go downtown to shoot some photos.
We both interned for the Herald years ago, and if nothing else, she
figured, I could get published in the paper.
I quickly got up, grabbed my gear, film and batteries, and ran out
I lived on 23rd Street in New York City, near a subway stop.
Leaving my apartment, I walked into a splendid September day: low
humidity, abundant sunshine. It was a Tuesday, primary day for the
upcoming municipal elections, which would decide the successor of
Rudy Giuliani. Later that day, the polls would close early and end up
being postponed for two weeks.
I jumped on the downtown 6 Train, anxiously wondering what
was happening. All the other riders were already talking about “the
accident” in ominous voices and hushed tones, an air of mystery wafting
throughout the crammed train.
I made it to Canal Street before the entire train line stopped. The
conductor’s voice crackled over the intercom, informing us that trains
were no longer traveling southbound. Our journey was over. We needed
to get off.
By the time I peeked above ground, having climbed what seemed
like endless stairs ascending into the streets of lower Manhattan, I
already knew this was no accident.
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