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May 2, 2013

9/11: Belated Crime Scene

Is it just me, or do others think investigating just an old airplane part found blocks from Ground Zero really demands clothing that prevents contamination? After reading the caption, I guess the outfit is because where there are airplane parts there may also be body parts. It piqued my curiosity first though that the man in the sanitized suit appears to be walking a slack tightrope.

– Karen Donley

(photo: Seth Wenig/Associated Press. caption: The site in Manhattan where a plane part believed to be from one of the two hijacked airliners on Sept. 11 was discovered. The New York City medical examiner’s office is now looking for human remains there.)

  • Stan B.

    The kind of image “street photographers” seek out: ambiguous contexts, visual double entendres and juxtapositions that turn our ordinary, everyday lives into the surreal. Like having airplane parts stuck between buildings.

  • Scarabus

    Nice photo, Michael! Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”?

    The “haz-mat” suit seems logical to me: (a) protect the crime scene; (b) protect your own health; (c) prepare for the lawyers in case you do get sick; (d) prepare for the conspiracy theorists; etc.

  • GeorgeMokray

    Security circus with the hazmat clown about to step on the slack wire and the bored cop ringmaster looking away to the next ring. I like the repetition of the squares and rectangles of windows, doors and graffiti, the dash of color in the orange cones and yellow warning tape.

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    What I like — if you click it open — is the reflection of the photographers in the window. I’m almost positive it’s not but the guy in front of them reminds me of Bloomberg.

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