I thought I’d share a photograph of the World Trade Center, I took on August 1st 2001. 41 days before the attack. This image plays an important role in my photography today. I was 16 years old on a trip with my best friends family. I was very young in my interest of photography. I was using a Kodak APS(Advance Photo System) camera I had bought. The film was a 240 format, the negative area measured 30.2×16.7mm. I thought it was great you could shoot in panoramic format, giving you a size of 30.2 x 9.5mm; 1:3 aspect ratio; or 4×11″ print size. I have no idea what happened to the cartridge that held the developed film inside. However I was able to make a high resolution scan of the print.

After taking this image, I realized how powerful the camera can be. Being able to document and record history before it’s gone was truly awesome. I was fortunate to witness the two great towers before they came down. I only wish I could of taken a tour inside.

I remember waking up the morning of September 11th 2001. My mother was yelling “Collin, Collin turn on the TV something terrible has happened!” I struggled to find my remote to turn the TV on. I don’t think I had to find the channel since every news station was covering the attack on the World Trade Center. I couldn’t believe what was going on! I had just been there a month previously.

May we remember the 2,977 victims that lost their lives on September 11th 2001.


Collin LeederWTC-