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    Posted September 20, 2011 by
    Merrick, New York
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    10 Year Old Film Yields Photos Of September 2001


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     tng52, a commercial photographer, lives in Merrick, New York, which is about 45 minutes away from Manhattan. He went to Manhattan about a week after September 11, 2001, with his Pentax 35 millimeter camera in hand and a 24-shot roll of black and white film. He wanted to see the devastation and document it for himself. 'When I first took the pictures, I really thought I was in a war zone,' tng52 said. When he got home, he took the roll of film and threw it in his ‘junk drawer.' He was upset and did not want to deal with the photos. For 10 years, the roll of film sat in this drawer. Go here to see more photos from the same roll of film.
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       A week or so after 9/11 I shot a roll of b/w film near ground zero and was so shook up that I threw the un-developed roll in the back of a dresser draw and there it sat for 10 years.

       During the recent 10 year anniversary it came back to me that the film can was still in the draw so I processed it the next day. Unfortunately, due to a developing accident and the age of the film, all I could salvage were a few of the photos.

       Recently I recalled the fear that I felt when I got home from the city that day. Even where I was, many blocks beyond the quarantened area, the ground was covered with a thick layer of fine white powder that looked like flour. I remember getting home and scrubbing my sneakers clean of the powder and thinking that it must have contained pulverized people. It was a traumatic experience and I even become physically ill for a few days, thinking I might have picked up anthrax or something when I was there. Though this was most likely a psycho-somatic effect, it still set up a psychological reaction that led to my ignoring the film for 10 years.

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