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Photographer behind 9/11 “Falling Man” retraces steps (via Yahoo! News)

Richard Drew put down his camera bag and looked up at the colossal

skyscraper that seemed to be racing toward the clouds at an accelerated clip.

“I don’t like coming down here,” he admitted.

But he had nevertheless returned to retrace his steps for the first time since
Sept. 11, 2001, when he had watched dozens die through the lens of a
Nikon DCS620. On that similarly brilliant morning a decade ago, two
planes had crashed into the Twin Towers by the time Drew emerged from
the Chambers Street subway stop around a quarter after nine. The
110-story buildings looked like a pair of giant smokestacks spewing
plumes of black soot into the crystal blue sky. He began shooting,
focusing on the topmost floors. It wasn’t long before he realized that
some of the people trapped inside — as many as 200 of them, it was
later estimated — had decided that plunging thousands of feet to their
deaths was preferable to burning alive. Read the rest of this entry