September 13th, 2005

Pictures of home, 9/11, and chasing shadows and other people's dreams

Yesterday, in the earlier part of the evening, Maggie had to go to her office downtown to finish a bit of work and get caught up for the week. Damien had already gone home for the day and the awareness that it was 9/11 was starting to really sink in. I'd managed to stave off that reality for the majority of the day, chosing instead not to deal with it at all in fact. I'm planning on watching my two favorite film documentaries on the subject later in the week - 9/11 by the Naudet brothers, and In Memorium, the HBO one. Both are spectacular in their grittiness and heart, the unabashed way in which they show the complete range of human emotions, and the respect and care in which both were crafted. 9/11 moreso, as it was initially made as a documentary of the FDNY, and was the only filmed footage from within the towers after the first plane hit the north tower and before the second hi the south tower, and during the first collapse. It is telling and completely gets under your skin and makes a home there, which I think is precisely what good filmmaking is supposed to do - particularly in this case.

I decided to go with her into downtown, for two reasons. One being that I don't like the idea of her being downtown alone on a Sunday evening, and two is I love being downtown alone on a Sunday evening - especially with camera in tow. I knew she'd be okay and safe in the office, and I wasn't going to be wandering more than a mile or two away in either direction. So I went on a picture taking excursion in the solitude and quiet. Our downtown area here is all but a ghost town on Sundays, there's not much open and I might have seen five living souls on the streets and sidewalks. I really like my time alone with the camera, it gives me the ability to tell many stories without using too many words. The light is all natural, and I get to chase shadows and other people's dreams for a short while. The architecture here is very definitive of the old South, and there are many Antebellum and greek Revival mansions along what was the old riverfront. Columbus was founded as a port city on the banks of the Chattahochee river on the dividing line between Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama - which at one point was one of the most corrupt towns in America. Gambling, drugs, booze, whores, murder, you name it. I really need to get some pictures of the more notorious areas for a picture story before they tear them all down. So anyway, I took lots of pictures of some really amazing houses and other interesting places.

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