World Trade Center, 1997
Although many believe the premise of a photograph is to record a truth, a still moment among many, Sugimoto is motivated by revealing time (and seemingly the essence of a moment) within a photograph.
Above, the subject itself, symbolic of strength and more, is blurred and mysterious. Recording the essence of this structure, Sugimoto does not strive to present truth, but an imagined vision, perhaps of the architect. The details are not shown, the soft silhouette engages and the building becomes part of a broader landscape. His "time exposed" work offers an elemental reaction.
Viewing this today reminds me not only of the fragility of such structures but of life itself. In memory of the lives lost, 10 years ago today, we will never forget.
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