This image is a 360 VR from inside one of the beams that make the Tribute in Light. The white streaks across the lights are birds flying over each beam of light. As a bird flies over a beam of light the bird’s underbelly shines bright from the reflection. In fact- the lights are sometimes turned off during the night to stop the migrating birds from flying into the lights. There are severals articles regarding the migrating birds and the Tribute in Light.

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The Tribute in Light is an installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. Each beam represents a tower from the Twin Towers.  It initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002 and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2010, it has been repeated every year on September 11. In December 2009, it was confirmed that the Tribute in Light would continue through to the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011. (Source: Wikipedia- Tribute in Light)

Photo 1: This image was taken on September 11, 2010 from the Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn around 7:50pm. The upward lights shining high from Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge is the Tribute in Light. Each beam of light represents a tower from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The Brooklyn Bridge Park is located on the Brooklyn waterfront of the East River. It is located north of the Brooklyn Bridge and sits between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. The views of both bridges are fantastic. According to the Brooklyn Bridge Park website:  “Brooklyn Bridge Park is often referred to as the “Main Street Lot” because it used to be a parking lot! The city now manages this park area and playground. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy oversees other nearby Brooklyn waterfront locations.

Photo 2: The person standing in the above photo with the Tribute in Light is Bill Gleason. He is a former FDNY Lieutenant for EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and worked at Ground Zero following the attack on the WTC. I photographed the 2010 Tribute in Light and traveled to several different locations throughout the night. These locations were the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center), and to the actual location of the Tribute Lights. I took a 360VR in each Tower of Light. This is a first for me. The weather and the sunset at the Brooklyn Bridge was fantastic and allowed for great photographs. In 2009 it rained and the clouds were very low in elevation blocking the Tribute Lights throughout the night. This past year it seemed to me that many more people visited the Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2010 than in the past. It was difficult to find a parking space on the street in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) because of the increased crowd size. Like the Meat Packing District of Lower Manhattan, DUMBO has seen a great revitalization of it’s neighbor. Also much of the crowd at the park had a tripod and a camera. The digital camera revolution has really taken hold.

Photo 3: This image showcases the Empire State Building with the Tribute in Light in the background. The image was taken from the Top of the Rock which is located at the top of the GE Building (Rockefeller Center). The observation deck named “Top of the Rock” reopened to the public in November 2005 after undergoing a $75 million renovation. The Top of the Rock had been closed since 1986. The GE Building was known as the RCA Building until 1988, it is most famous for housing the headquarters of the television network NBC. At 850 feet, the GE Building which is  a 70-story building is the 9th tallest building in New York City. Its address is 30 Rockefeller Plaza. (Source: Wikipedia- GE Building)

Photo 4: A circular fisheye view from inside the light that represents the South Tower.

Personal Statement:

Many, many thanks goes out to Fred of Foto Care. Foto Care is located in NYC and from their website:

“At Foto Care, we are extremely passionate about photography but even more passionate about the lifelong journey that photographers embark on. We will do absolutely everything we can to support that journey.”

This is a very truthful statement.