“Occupy Wall Street” 2011

I’m so far behind on my developing film, it really isn’t funny. The broken wrist set me back a few months, and I usually avoid the darkroom during the summer for obvious reasons. I don’t remember taking this picture, but I’m very happy I did. Something made me push the button, and I doubt it was her clenched fist. I think this one depicts the tension felt between the Police and the People fairly well, without actually capturing any of the violence which ensued…

©Matt Weber

September 11th 2001

Having just returned home on that dreadful morning, I did what anyone would do, and turned on the TV. George W Bush (or Chimpy as many later called him) was coming into form, after a very feeble start. I was shocked by the SEVEN minutes as much as anybody. I had hoped that “The Seven Minutes” would remain a novel by Irving Wallace and not this new footnote in American history. People were either shocked by how inept Bush was, or if they’d voted for him, they gave him a pass, saying he was under incredible pressure. Either way, this was the beginning of “A Brave New World” and the results of the massacre that morning will be felt for a very long time…

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Subway “9/11 Hero” 2005

There are all sorts of heroes in this world. There are the athletes that some of us root for as kids or even worse, still do as adults. Then there are the underpaid nurses who care for us when we get old, barely making ends meet, as they meet our rear ends with a towel…This fellow spent time at ground zero, and whether or not he had to deal with body parts, he surely had to breath those noxious fumes which lingered for several months. The smell of all the metal, plastics and who knows what burning, was so vile that breathing it on a daily basis, could make even the toughest people sick. His eyes seemed to have seen the worst of it, and I think he gave a lot more than most of us did after the terrible massacre on 9/11…making him a true hero.

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World Trade Center 1988

I keep finding pictures of these buildings which at the time of exposure, seemed pretty ugly to me. I’m happy I took the few pictures I did. I sometimes wonder if building another 100+ story building at the site is a smart idea. I understand the desire to replace the twin towers with something magnificent, but at the same time, it seems like the new tower will be shouting “I dare you to knock me down!” Maybe a few 50-60 story towers would have been wiser…

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September 11th 2001

“Ciao Bella” Turns out to be an Italian song from WW II…Very ironic first verse:

One morning I awakened

Oh goodbye beautiful, goodbye beautiful, goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!

One morning I awakened

And I found the invader


All Photos © 2001 Matt Weber