Never Forget – Craig Pindell (2002)
We wanted to do something to mark the 9/11 attacks and whilst searching for the most appropriate way to mark the time, our thoughts led to Craig Pindell and his 9/11 remembrance project, Never Forget.
With his kind permission, we’re posting one of Craig’s images and some of his words here today.
About the project, from the man himself:
“Like almost everyone I know, I can remember exactly where I was when I heard that airplanes had crashed into the twin towers, the Pentagon, and in the field in Pennsylvania. I also can remember the sick feeling, the anger, the astonishment, and the resolution to always remember that our country had been attacked in such a cowardly fashion.
Everywhere in the nation there were American Flags flying proudly. The entire country came together as one. We all promised we would never forget. That patriotism was the genesis for this project for myself – I would make a photograph every September 11 at 6:46 am Mountain Time- the exact time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
Since that horrible day in 2001, memories have faded for some. There are fewer flags flying these days. Patriots are harder to find, but I have never missed my self-appointed scheduled photograph.”
The image below is the first in Craig’s series, taken on September 11th 2002.
About the image:
“This morning is warmer than I thought it would be. As I left Cheyenne at 4:30 AM, I saw a few flags flying, but it was really quiet. There will be memorial services later on, but I will miss them. I chose to venture down Sand Lake Road because I have photographed in this area before with my friend Graig Marrs, and I knew I would find a suitable subject. When I conceived this project, I had not considered the logistics involved.
I like to wander and photograph what interests me, but when working to a constraint such as a particular time, like I am in this project, there is a lot of pressure to have the photograph already in your mind, and not be caught hunting for a location with the clock strikes 6:46 AM.
This particular lens does not have a shutter, so there were a lot of opportunities to mess this up while taking the lens cap off to expose the film or when replacing the lens cap. The photography gods smiled on me, and the exposure was just as I had envisioned.”
We believe that today marks a time when we should all – regardless of religious, or political beliefs – direct our thoughts to the thousands who lost their lives that day, the hundreds that slipped away in the days and weeks after, the tens of thousands left devastated in their wake and the countless number who have been lost in the years since.
Thanks for allowing us to share, Craig.