Where were you on September 11, 2001? Most of us if we were old enough know exactly where we were on that day. I was getting off of a flight to Minneapolis that day from Chicago. The first tower had just been hit. I ended up driving that day back to Chicago after my meeting concluded in Minneapolis. Despite the tragedy the meeting still went forward. Today is the anniversary of that tragic day. Tragic beyond comprehension for the families that lost loved ones, and tragic for how our country responded in fear. We gave up rights, armed our police to the point that the difference between them and our armed forces is blurred, and we went out and have spent trillions of dollars and lost American lives in a never ending battle against “terrorism.” All out of fear. It gave our politicians the ability in the name of fear to create George Orwell’s 1984 in America. The government treats us as criminals every time we fly in the name of fear. The government reads our emails, sees where we surf, and listens in to our phone conversations, all in the name of fear and in protecting us from ourselves. We have lost all common sense in the 21st century. Do we not for example take our lives into our own hands every time we walk out of our homes? A car accident, a tree dropping on us, a work related accident, someone shooting us with a gun, or just slipping and falling? More Americans die each year from gun shootings (4000) to car accidents (40,000) than die at the hands of terrorists. I don’t see our government doing anything to protect us from guns, or regulating a safer car to prevent automobile deaths. So why in the name of freedom do we allow the government to take away our rights and arm the police to the teeth to protect us? We’re Americans. We know how to take care of ourselves, and we know how to protect ourselves. We are a nation of mutts that can take a pounding and keep on going. It’s time to restore our rights and allow us to do what we do best as Americans, to stand tall and set the example for the rest of the world to follow what it means to be a free and democratic country, not an occupied one that has lost all common reason to fear. If you have not had a chance to visit NYC and see the World Trade Tower Memorial you should. It is a somber and depressing experience. It is a reminder of what we gave up in the name of fear. In my opinion, they should have re-built the towers as a fuck you to terrorists and to the rest of the world. That is what Americans do. But, instead we left two holes in the ground where the towers once stood, built a tower 1776 feet high and call it Freedom Tower. Bit ironic isn’t it, calling it Freedom tower after our rights have been taken away? One impressive thing they do there is that all of the victims names have been etched in bronze where the towers once stood. Each day a crew is out there polishing the bronzed names. And on the birthday of one of the victims the memorial people place a single white rose on the name. Classy touch. I would recommend that you visit it, and come to your own conclusion as to what the memorial means to you.
All of the images were taken with a Leica Monochrome and two lenses. The Leica 50mm f/1.4 summicron and the Voigtlander 15mm Heller.