Dynamic Variation:

Remember the Love

Nov 5, 2021


Some events change our world forever.
September 11, 2001 was one of those events. On a Tuesday morning, the unimaginable happened. After that, terrorism became a reality that we could not ignore.
As a historical photographer for FEMA I had the honor of capturing many moments that are now part of our collective memory of the 2001 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. I was one of the two official FEMA photographers who worked at Ground Zero. My images were provided to and used by media outlets throughout the world to help tell this story.
I am launching an etching project called “Remember the Love” — a collection of etchings created from the photographs I captured in 2001. The first nine etchings will be created in 2021 and show at Lapis Galley,(Sept. 11 through Nov. 20, 2021) with an expanded collection going on exhibit in 2024 at the Emmanuel Gallery on the University of Colorado Denver campus. It is my hope that the show will tour and end in Washington DC in 2026 for the 25th anniversary of 9/11.
I would like to partner with community groups in locations where this show will tour to facilitate workshops on creative storytelling, with a focus on sharing historical information to help people come together to address today’s challenges.
Local responders from your community played a pivotal role in search and rescue effort in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. It is my hope that if this exhibition is accepted, these same responders will be invited to participate in an opening event as a part of this project.
The images in this collection reflect the dramatic search and rescue effort, the heroism, and of course the unspeakable sadness felt by the entire nation
(and much of the world). Perhaps surprisingly, they also reflect the love that was there in the center of the ugliness. Yes, the love.
It was there in the eyes of the men and women clawing through rubble. It was in the hearts of the clergy, caseworkers, and volunteers working with people who lost loved ones. It was evident in the faces of children who made and delivered letters to the rescue workers. It was there in ways most people will never fully know. Though this show, among other things, I hope to share this underappreciated part of the story. To remember how our national community came together and reached out to help each other.
It is important to remember these transformational events — both the pain and the hope, the loss and the love. It is particularly important to remember these moments during times of crisis, because we can learn from them.
Today, we are again in a time of crisis. COVID-19 has changed our world. And the devastating effects of climate change can no longer be ignored. Crisis reminds us that we’re all in this together. We need to remember and honor those who have done transformational work before us, those that found hope in wreckage. We must remember the love. Those examples encourage us and guide us as we navigate today’s challenges