WTC - cont'd
The Towers popped up everywhere, and when least expected: in the background of an Italian street festival, behind an old church that had served parishioners for centuries, a vertical backdrop to arts events in Tribeca, and somber as Stonehenge as they peeked from behind storage silos miles away in New Jersey. It was this interplay with the neighborhoods that this lens caught.

"In the Shadow of the World Trade Center" is a study of the variety of neighborhoods and activities that were in relationship to the WTC. That relationship was subliminal: it was architectural, emotional, aesthetic and it was powerful. The message of the Towers was about that one thing: power. Yet some of the most haunting pictures here are those where the Towers are barely visible, there in the mist, almost hidden from sight. But there.

The Twin Towers dominated and finally defined the New York skyline of the Ď80ís and Ď90ís. Though downtown residents generally disliked the impertinence of their domination, over time, most people made their peace with them.

This was Soniaís way of making peace with their presence -- a presence we so sorely miss today.

FAQ's about the World Trade Center series:

How close did you live to the Trade Center?
I lived just a few subway stops away on Franklin Street.

Did you ever have business at the Twin Towers?
I can only think of two occasions that I had some reason to be in the Twin Towers. It always felt like an alien presence looming on the horizon. It was where other people were counting their money, tallying their odds, hedging their bets.

Have these pictures ever been published?
Individual pictures have been, but they havenít been published as a series.

How do you feel about the Twin Towers since 9-11?
Now that they're gone, I really miss them, like most everyone else does. It also makes this series that much more special to me.

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