A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


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Week 2 – #33. Something With Wings

Last week, I posted a photo of the Oculus from the street behind it so this week you will get a view of it as seen across the footprint of the former World Trade Center building which was destroyed in the brutal attack of September 11, 2001.  The Oculus is an unusual design and looks like “something with wings.”

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Week 1 -#49. Where The ____ Meets The Sky

The Oculus, known as the new World Trade Center transportation hub, is located in lower Manhattan on the site of the World Trade Center and is indeed a strangely designed glass and steel structure.  It officially opened to the public in March, 2016. At a cost of 4 Billion Dollars, when completed it will serve daily commuters and visitors from around the world. During the next few weeks, I will post a few more photos representing different views of the Oculus which I think satisfy other 52-Week themes, but today I am sharing this photo which I took from the back side.  As I walked on the street behind the Oculus, I turned around and gazed in amazement when I saw “where the Freedom beacon meets the sky.”

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Week 29 – #46. Tell A Story

None of us will ever forget that fateful day, September 11, 2001, when the World Financial Center was attacked by terrorists. When in New York, I always make it a point to visit “Eleven Tears,” the work of art commissioned by American Express to honor 11 AMEX employees killed in the terrorist attack. To simply “tell a story” would be inadequate; thus, the below photograph.

This memorial entitled 11 Tears, occupies a lobby corner of American Express’ corporate headquarters at the World Financial Center. It “unites sky and ground, heaven and earth” and incorporates natural elements: water, light, quartz crystal and black granite. At the center is a 600 pound tear-shaped piece of Brazilian quartz, which was carved to have 11 sides, one for each AMEX victim.

The massive crystal is set into a stainless steel ring and suspended from the ceiling by 11 thin cables. Beneath the point of the upside-down tear is an 11-sided black granite pool; each side is inscribed with the name of an employee and a few words, selected by those who knew them best, to summarize the people they were. For example, the name most visible in my photograph, “Loretta Ann Vero,” has these words engraved in the pool above her name: Sincere, Thoughtful, Trustworthy, Loving And Loyal, Respected And Loved,

At random intervals, 11 drops of water fall from the ceiling into the pool above each name, creating intersecting ripples, “symbolizing the connections among the close-knit group of colleagues and friends.” The fountain is surrounded by benches of matching black granite where friends, loved ones, and people like me who never knew them, can sit and reflect upon their lives.

Visitors sitting there and looking through the windows find themselves gazing directly at the site where the 11 died, working as American Express travel counselors on the 94th floor of One World Trade Center. If you visit New York, I enourage you to visit what I call the “Pool Of Tears.” You will be touched in a way you never thought possible.­­­

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Week 32 – #40. Shot In HDR

Trinity Church, at 79 Broadway in lower Manhattan, is a historic, active, well-endowed parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Trinity Church is near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway, in New York City. Located across from the World Trade Center, the parish of Trinity Church has quite a history, which can be read here. In 2001 when the twin towers were attacked, it was a place of refuge from the smoke and falling debris of the first tower. This photo was shot in HDR to bring out the details. DSC_6772L


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Week 19 – #27. Lost/Forgotten Items

I have struggled with what to post to represent the “Lost/Forgotten Items” theme until I visited one of my favorite places in Battery Park City in New York.  Instead of admiring the New Jersey landscape across the Hudson River, or the Statute of Liberty in the far distance, on this day I turned around and admired the Irish Hunger Memorial designed by Brian Tolle which is dedicated to raising awareness of the Great Irish Famine, referred to by the Irish as “The Great Hunger.”  Construction of the memorial is entirely of products and items brought over from Ireland, including the remains of a stone cottage.  (More information can be found here.)  Over a million people died in Ireland between 1845 and 1852.    As I studied it, I saw the Freedom Tower looming upward a total of 1,776 feet which is being constructed on the site where on September 11, 2001, a total of 2,606 lives were lost in the World Trade Center and surrounding grounds.  These two sites brought to mind that although a great number of lives have been lost, they are not forgotten.

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