Photos like this are, of course, all over Facebook for the 19th anniversary of the great event. I think it interesting that in the US, the further away from New York City people are, the more likely they believe in the events of that day. That is the power of TV news. Within the city, if memory serves, there was great skepticism. No one saw or heard a plane.* Those memories were all supplied later.
World wide, I would suspect that skepticism is very high. We have not talked to anyone here in Italy, of course, but I do note that the 19th anniversary of this world-changing event raised hardly an eyebrow. We have not turned on a TV, and newspapers are all, annoyingly, written in foreign languages, but I do not see the iconic images strewn all about.
I was looking at this photo this morning and realized how professionally composed it is. It is staged. Do you really think they would let photographers run around a disaster scene willy nilly? And the quality of the photo … this was an accident? Notice how we can see the supposed victim’s face, how the photo is balanced on either side by the arms … how every face is intense and focused. Very professional. This must have been done well in advance of that day – they cannot leave such details to chance. They had to get the iconic images just right.
It reminded me of another iconic image …
… this one from my youth, a TV show (or movie) called Charlie’s Angels. Notice how the entire image is alive, bursting at the edges with both action and emotion, like the one at the top. That is how iconic photos are made. They are never accidental.
Never accidental. Never. Every detail must be right. Nothing is left to chance. It is why they hire professionals.
*Again, memory, but it seems a couple of TV news executives just happened to be out walking and saw the planes fly over. They just blew right by everyone else.