*NOAH'S 9/11 - a picture story
Official NIST source of ALL below images - credited to one "NOAH BAST":
http://wtcdata.nist.gov/gallery2/v/Coll ... teveMayer/
Dear kids, ladies and gentlemen,
Tonight I would like to tell you a wondrous little bedtime story. It is the story of Noah, an expert photographer who went strolling with his camera on September 11 2001, and captured a gloomy tower falling
- just as a lighthouse tower was rising
! Of course, we must all believe that this is a TRUE
pictorial tale, since it is all officially documented and stored by the serious National Insitute of Standards and Technology. You know, those folks are trusty, academic scientists - who would never accept keeping any fake imagery in their archives. So, without further ado, here we go:
On this sad Tuesday morning of 9/11, Noah was strolling by the waterside with his camera - when, all of a sudden, all hell broke loose. New York's twin towers were ablaze, so he decided to snap pictures of them. As the story goes, a plane had crashed into WTC1, seventeen minutes before the below picture - but he missed it. Noah cursed himself for that. As a photographer, he could have made lots of money if only he had looked up in the sky a bit earlier... Then a second
plane crashed into WTC2 - but Noah missed that one too!
However, Noah snapped the below picture just after
that second plane crashed into WTC2. What puzzled him though, was hearing the loud and merry chant of a crane operator. Was this crane operator really still fast at work - after witnessing this apocalyptic mayhem unfolding right across the river? Did he not take a break and exit his crane cabin to watch the horrific sight of the WTC on fire?
Noah was puzzled. He kept hearing the merry chant of that crane operator, even as he went back on his steps, trying to catch a better view of the flaming Twin Towers. Was "Joe Crane" really still at work? Was he perhaps just one of those typical, hard-working New Yorkers, unflustered and unimpressed by such petty urban incidents which threatened to distract him from his daily work and professional deadlines ?
Noah stopped thinking about it for a while, as he proceeded to walk around the harbor and snap away - always making sure to frame his pictures with his favourite photo signature: a flash of sunrays at the top left of his lens:
Noah, luckily enough, snapped a picture at exactly 9:11:00 AM. He just knew
that would make him famous!
About seven minutes later, Noah was up on a high-rise building - still snapping away at the NYC drama:
Here again, Noah used his special sunfilter to convey the dramatic sunrays of the day ...
But Noah was still puzzled about "Joe Crane". Was Joe actually still
at work? Noah decided to return to that vantage point where he could, in fact, still hear Joe Crane chanting away and getting on with his job - even though Manhattan was exploding:
That's when Noah noticed that Joe Crane's job on 9/11 was actually to raise a lighthouse, a TWIN in fact of the one on the left!
Here we see Joe Crane tilting his crane to go and get a piece of that lighthouse under construction. The suspense builds up - and we now all share the same hopeful, uplifting thought: WILL JOE CRANE ACTUALLY SUCCEED RAISING THAT LIGHTHOUSE SOMEWHAT - BEFORE WTC1 COLLAPSES - SO AS TO COUNTERBALANCE THE EVIL TERRORIST DEEDS ? YES !
You've got to give a tip of your hat to "Joe Crane" - a true symbol of those brave and resilient New Yorkers' unflinching dedication to their daily jobs - no matter what cataclysmic events might try and distract them from the work to be done!
Now, as the WTC1 collapses, Noah (our expert photographer hero) keeps his wits cool and readily shoots seven
sequential pictures of it all: - at 2-second intervals - over a total timeframe of 14 seconds... Hey, our Noah needs a Pulitzer Prize, folks! Forget Zapruder - and any such clown you can think of! Seriously folks, you HAVE to wonder why Noah's stunning WTC1 collapse sequence hasn't been published on EVERY newspaper of the planet.
Have YOU seen these images before?
Here is the exif data (as posted by NIST) of the timeline of Noah's expert sevenfold photographic sequence (as assembled in my above animated gif ):1:
And YES! Joe Crane's twin lighthouse indeed WAS RAISED
only minutes before the WTC1 CAME DOWN
! Is this some kind of joke - or what? Whatever it is, ladies and gents, this is the end of Noah's entrancing fable...
Kids: I'm truly sorry if this bedtime story has no happy ending. But it really isn't my story! It is brought to you by NIST - probably the silliest storytellers of this planet. So now, sing along with me: "Heigh ho! Heigh Ho! It's home from work we go!..."