I’ve been digitizing a load of old home video recently and came across some footage I had shot back in 1999 in New York City. In it there are various clips I shot while at the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Unfortunately most of what I filmed back then was useless due to the fact that I seemed incapable of holding the camera still and clearly had a fascination with excessive zooming in and out. This meant that watching long portions of pretty much any video I shot back then would most likely leave me feeling dizzy and generally off color. However, due to the fact they’re no longer there, I wanted to try and salvage a little of my footage from the World Trade Center, especially since standing at the top of one of those world famous towers had been a goal of mine ever since I was a kid.

Below is the footage that I salvaged (and yes the final clip is stock video). Coupled with just one picture of me on the roof taken by a stranger (on account of the fact my friend Anne wouldn’t come up there with me because she was scared of heights), it’s the only evidence that I have that proves I did in eventually get to stand on the roof of one of those evocative towers. It’s not much I know, but it’s enough for me.

September 11th in focus
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