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.
- autumnkaybounce@sweatengine Beautiful!
- sweatengine@ellen3003 Thanks!
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- curtishopkins___Favourite photo I have ever seen on Instagram @sweatengine from Australia
- sweatengine@curtish0pkins Thanks so much. You are very kind.
- sweatengine@moneal Thanks for the impromptu lesson, Michael. I really appreciate it.
- mo@sweatengine my pleasure brother !
- 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!
- sweatengine@minkayb Thanks.
- 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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