February 17, 2008: The World Trade Center Remembered
Yesterday I visited the local library and read there a book named The World Trade Center Remembered.Today I read this book online at home.
I searched for the photographer’s name in the Internet and some related groups on Flickr. The experience seemed that I was taking a cyber-tour of World Trade Center.
The photographers are world renowned husband-and-wife photography team: Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo. Sonja died on October 5, 2000 after a long struggle with cancer, but Angelo continues to share his wife’s images as well as his own in the book.
It is a book about love, not about buildings or landscapes. Everyone loves with somewhere because they have memories with someone there.
Noella Ballenger wrote an article Behind the Images Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo to introduce the book. It saids:
"Bullaty passed away just over a year ago after a long struggle with cancer. Her life mate has had to learn to cope alone. There have been times when it has been difficult for him to pick up a camera or even to leave his home on a trip. But our story doesn’t end here.
"When the World Trade Center was destroyed on September 11, 2001, the tragedy seemed to accentuate Angelo’s grief over Sonja’s passing. Knowing what the families and loved ones of the people who died that day would be going through, Lomeo remembered the good times he and his wife had enjoyed as they photographed the World Trade Center.
"He raced to the drawer holding their New York photographs and began to select the special ones. He pictured a book that would be a positive remembrance. Abbeville Press shared his vision."
I was deeply affected by Angelo’s own words, as written in the photographer’s dedication of the book yesterday, so I wrote it in my notebook. I’d like to share it here.
Angelo Lomeo wrote, "I dedicate this book to Sonja Bullaty, my wife and partner, who gave me fifty beautiful years of love and togetherness that I will treasure within my heart for the rest of my life. Sonja died on October 5, 2000, after a long and painful battle with cancer.
"It was through Sonja’s love for New York City and our persistence that this collection of photographs of the World Trade Center, taken from every direction and spanning its twenty-three year history, came to be. As we traveled through the city, we always noticed the towers, standing, gloriously tall and appreciated their presence welcoming us back after a flight from out west.
"The towers were more than buildings; they stood for the greatness of New York City and America. And I believe the World Trade Center will be rebuilt, proving that terrorists cannot destroy the American spirit of freedom and democracy.
"These photographs are a testament to our great city and a record of a time gone by that will never be forgotten. I believe that the victims of the World Trade Center did not die, as they will live within our hearts forever."
I have uploaded my photos of World Trade Center taken on Jan 20,2008 to Flickr. Click here to see photos slideshow.