My favorite photos – recording history

You don’t think about recording history when you see a view like this, from the Staten Island Ferry on a beautiful winters day in Feb ’78.  Of course now, it is rather poignant.

(Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 135mm F3.5, Kodachrome 64)

(Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 135mm F3.5, Kodachrome 64)

The World Trade Center Twin Towers, 110 stories each, designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, completed in 1970/71. Lower Manhattan buildings in the foreground.

(Olympus OM-1, lens probably Zuiko 135mm F3.5, Kodachrome 64)

(Olympus OM-1, lens probably Zuiko 135mm F3.5, Kodachrome 64)

World Trade Center at ground level, snow on the ground. Fritz Koenig’s bronze sculpture ‘The Sphere’, survived the 9/11 attacks largely intact, now resides in nearby Battery Park as a battered memorial.

The ground floor lobby was 6 stories high and note how the upper floor windows are only 18 inches (0.46m) wide between the numerous thin perimeter columns…the idea was to avoid interior columns.

On the ferry

No, not one of my favorite photos,  just a gratuitous snap taken of me on the back of the Staten Island Ferry. Apparently pleased with myself after having just taken the above shot of the Towers. Or maybe I was just relieved that I’d packed a heavy US military knock-off snorkel jacket for this trip, from London (remember Laker Airways?).

Clear, cold weather (around -5 to -10deg C) with Southern tip of Manhattan behind, East River and Brooklyn Bridge on the right, ice on the Hudson.

It was hard to beat the ol’ canvas army surplus bag as camera kit carry-all.


4 thoughts on “My favorite photos – recording history

  1. fantastic photos owen.
    memories to last forever.
    your photos made me dig out my copy of man on wire – a great doco on the only man to ever walk a high wire between the towers.
    do you have any more of 70s/80s new york ?


    • Thanks for your comments, Michael.
      I haven’t seen Man on a Wire, I must catch it, although I get vertigo from tall buildings!

      I loaded another dozen or so pics up onto flickr – just hit one of the above big pics & then click ‘New York City set’ below RHS, to see the whole set.
      NYC seemed grittier, dirtier, back then…like most big cities.- Cheers.

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