Link to blog: my-wtc.com
This blog’s aim is to create a comprehensive collection of private photographs of portraits in front, on top or inside the former World Trade Center in NYC. The idea behind this project of Robert Ziegler and Stefka Ammon is to document and describe analytically the specific aura, meaning and significance of this architectural and cultural complex from the angle of visitors’ and tourists’ images from all over the World.
This blog does not include images of September 11th’s events and does not intend to comment on them either. It wants to explore how a symbolic architecture enters private narratives and claims global consciousness alike.
From it’s very beginning (the construction period in the late 60s) until September 2001 the World Trade Center had a great appeal on tourists, visitors and last but not least citizens of New York City as only a few architectures do in metropolises: who ever has been there, had a picture taken of him-, her- or themselves in front of, on top of or inside this building. This kind of fascination based on cultural projections is what this blog wants to capture.
Collecting these images turned out to be a demanding challenge: the life span of the WTC coincides with the peak of private analogue miniature photography until it had been taken over by the technique of digital photography at the turn of the millennium. The pictures we seek are mostly attached to family albums, stored away in boxes on attics and in basements.
The vast majority makes use of this feature and creates an additional value with their mostly private and impressive, moving and deep thoughts on the time and the moment their picture was taken. Many of these comments even include considerations on a more abstract level of looking at the meaning of the World Trade Center.
Our platform thus also tells a story on the private use of photography at a time when taking a picture meant taking a careful decision regarding the number of pictures left on your film.
The picture blog’s impact is widened by the optional choice to leave comments on their own pictures by our contributors. The vast majority makes use of this feature and creates an additional value with their mostly private and impressive, moving and deep thoughts on the time and the moment their picture was taken. Many of these comments even include considerations on a more abstract level of looking at the meaning of the World Trade Center.