The Falling Man Essay

1227 WordsNov 29, 20095 Pages
“The Falling Man” As Americans, we hold a strong belief in the human kind. This persistence on human equality and taking care of one and other stems deep in our national roots. When we see the unfortunate ends, the unfairness that life itself can create, it is felt by more than just the victims. The photograph referenced in this essay is one of pain and sadness. It may even leave many in disgust, even horror. On September 11, 2001, the American nation changed forever. It is a day looked back upon in similar regards as the photograph, mesmerizingly indescribable. At approximately 8:46 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, a passenger jet crashed into the north tower of the 110-floor World Trade Center, one of the largest buildings in the world. Immediately ensuing the collision an inferno erupted throughout numerous floors in the building. Those people trapped had no way to escape, the only exit was windows which tower over New York City. This catastrophe left many with the ultimate choice, life or death; and even when the notion came across their minds that death was inevitable, they made their final mortal choice with passion. The picture here is the one dubbed “The Falling Man” taken by Richard Drew. It was taken a few blocks from the wounded tower. At the moment it was taken, dozens of people were jumping from the highest floors in the tower (The 93rd to the 99th floor). The fire had spread so rapidly from leaking jet fuel that the elevators were impossible to use and stairwells were destroyed. The picture that Richard Drew took here were among the most terrifying and jaw dropping photographs ever taken. Photographs are incredible things. At the moment a shot is taken, time has frozen. In this millisecond, this tiny frame of time the “falling man” is alive- he is strong. The context of this frame is a havoc, a

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