It was about noon, September 11, 2002. I was on my way to work, having taken the morning off to contemplate the "New Normal" that we've been living for the past year. As I approached my office on 50th and Broadway, I saw around 25 mounted police officers going down the street, bearing flags. No fanfare, they were just there. People stopped bustling about, stood still, and applauded as the police rode by. Then everyone resumed going about their business.

It was that kind of year.

These photographs represent a subjective look at life in New York the year after the 9/11 attacks. My goal was not to document the destruction, the suffering or aftermath--plenty of photographers have done that very successfully. Instead , these images are an attempt to document more subtle changes and adjustments to daily life in midtown Manhattan.

On a technical note, these photographs were made with a Leica M3 and 28mm Summaron f/2.8 lens on ISO 800 color print film. The film was then scanned and desaturated between 50 and 80% to create the subdued colors you see here.

Mason Resnick

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