“Firsts”

Dear photograph,

On February 15, 1998, to celebrate Valentine’s Day (belated), I went to the top of the Empire State Building in Manhattan with a girl. It was the first of many firsts. It was the first time I went on a date. It was the first time I visited the Empire State Building. It was the first time I saw, with my own eyes, the unmistakable Twin Towers that stood for everything we’ve loved.

The landscape of Lower Manhattan has drastically changed since then.  But I will let this photograph serve as a memento that eternalizes this brief fraction of time that has been deeply buried in the back of my memory. 
Now as I revisit the Empire State Building again more than a decade later, I understand, for the first time, that it is only amidst fragility, chaos, and uncertainty we can see the best in the human spirit. And now I understand, for the first time, why I love photography.

Kevin
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  • sweatengine“Firsts”

    Dear photograph,

    On February 15, 1998, to celebrate Valentine’s Day (belated), I went to the top of the Empire State Building in Manhattan with a girl. It was the first of many firsts. It was the first time I went on a date. It was the first time I visited the Empire State Building. It was the first time I saw, with my own eyes, the unmistakable Twin Towers that stood for everything we’ve loved.

    The landscape of Lower Manhattan has drastically changed since then. But I will let this photograph serve as a memento that eternalizes this brief fraction of time that has been deeply buried in the back of my memory.
    Now as I revisit the Empire State Building again more than a decade later, I understand, for the first time, that it is only amidst fragility, chaos, and uncertainty we can see the best in the human spirit. And now I understand, for the first time, why I love photography.

    Kevin

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  • sweatengine@curtish0pkins Thanks so much. You are very kind.
  • sweatengine@moneal Thanks for the impromptu lesson, Michael. I really appreciate it.
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  • cuprienWonderful shot. 1998 was the first full year I lived in the city.
  • minkaybAmazing photo that pays tribute to what was and what is now. Truly stunning.
  • henryzwFantastic photograph and amazing caption @sweatengine. So much emotion and feeling conveyed through just a single shot.
  • sweatengine@henryzw Thank you very much!
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  • cchilton2002Powerful
  • johnnyschingaderasvery nice!
  • monicasumaBeautiful! I always love your intros as well!
  • jessierob1017Gorgeous. I visited this incredible city this past January and although I never got to see the Twin Towers, I did get to see the new skyline and visit Ground Zero, which was a truly amazing experience that I won't forget. Thank you for sharing this. @sweatengine
  • blakeyxAbsolutly wonderful...!!
  • forbingjThis is just perfect☺❤
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