Photos of People Staring Up at the Freedom Tower in Shock and Awe

This fall I spent my weekends waiting for tourists to stop and stare at a particular spot in the 9/11 Memorial.

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Dec 8 2014, 3:39pm

These are photographs of people looking at the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower​, now officially called One World Trade Center. Although commercial tenants started moving in last month, most employees won't begin work there until January. So the people I photographed looking up are mostly tourists—people from other parts of the country and around the world—who stop to look up at the tower at a specific point near its base where the 9/11 Memorial's swamp white oak trees part. Early this fall I noticed a remarkable natural light condition—at this spot, figures are illuminated by the blinding light that reflects off the tower's slanted glass façade. Since then, I have spent weekends standing there with my camera, waiting for people to look up.

All photos by​ Matthe​w Leifheit 

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