Spirits of 9/11

Photo commemorating the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Well, it’s 2020, and 9/11 has come and gone once again. I’ve visited the lights and shapes that commemorate 9/11 at Liberty State Park several times. People ask me why I go back more than once. “Don’t I see the same thing every time I go?” Never. This year was special.

Photo commemorating the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Maybe it was because it’s the year of COVID 19 and a pandemic. Maybe it’s because the weather was beautiful this year on 9/11 – just like our weather was on 9/11/01. Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived in the NY/NJ area my entire life. Maybe it’s because I’m a member of my local fire department. Maybe it’s because I love creating images. Maybe it’s because of something else…

World Trade Center Steel on display at the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

There’s steel from the World Trade Centers on display in many places including the Greenwich Emergency Squad right here in Stewartsville, NJ. Every time I see it, it gives me chills and goosebumps. I start to think of what this steel must have gone through to look like this. Then I think of what all the people that were in or under the towers must have gone through. Then I think of the families of the survivors…

NYC sky line at the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

The NYC sky line is what I’m drawn to first. Even though it’s very familiar to me, it hold a special importance. But this year I also wanted to create some images to put a spiritual connection to what happened here.

If you would like to see more and purchase any prints, please visit my gallery at: https://www.dabourphotography.com/Events/Spirits-of-911/

Do you have a special image size in mind and would love it customized with a mat? I’d love to create that for you! Here is an example of what I mean:

16×20 print

Greenwich Emergency Squad 9-11 Memorial

I also attended the Greenwich Township Emergency Squad Dedication of a new 9-11 memorial on September 11, 2011. The squad sought after and received a genuine piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

Additional photos can be found here.


Warren County Patriots Day Recognition

I was quite a busy person on September 11th this year. Besides photographing the Tribute lights at night, I also attended Warren County, NJ Patriot Day ceremony. They have a 9-11 memorial under construction as seen in the picture above. This is an actual piece of steel from the World Trade Centers.

Additional photos can be found here.


Tribute Of Light


I heard a rumor that the annual lighting of the WTC with the skyward lights was going to cease after this year. This is always something I wanted to photograph. You could say it was on my photo bucket list.

So on Sunday, September 11, 2011, I went in search of a location in NJ to photograph this from. My first instinct was to go to the Hoboken area. I couldn’t find any publically accessible location that offered plenty of parking. I thought about going to Newport Centre mall which is also in the area. A fellow photographer suggested a restaurant near Montclair that had a great view of NYC. I was going to go there but there was so much humidity and clouds I was afraid there would be too much haze.









So I headed to Liberty State Park. I’ve never been there before and didn’t know what I would find at night. the GPS initially led me astray but got me close enough that I could follow the lights once. Speaking of lights, as I was getting closer to NYC I couldn’t see them. I remember reading that they are visible from up to 60 miles away. But I knew that night’s weather was not 60 mile weather. Finally they appear and I followed them and the signs to the State Park.

At first I was hesitant to get out and investigate. Then I saw the small parking lot was nearly filled with cars and there were other walking around many with cameras. In fact there were several families there too. I think realized that this night was probably one of the more safer nights there was going to be.

So off I went to find a spot for the pictures. But the first thing I found was mosquitos. Or better yet they found me. So back to the car I went as luckily I had some spray. I should have listened to that little voice in my head that said to wear pants and long sleeves.

I took a series of pictures over an area of water that made it look like the water was continuous to NYC but I knew it wasn’t. But it was a good location none the less. In fact it turned out to be one of the better locations I found out when I went to process the photos afterwards. If I knew that I would have shot more variety of photos there.

I then walked to another area. I started talking with another photographer along the way. We both had tripods and nice cameras and were both worried about safety. So we decided to stick together for a little while.

But more and more people and families were walking around and I heard no screams or gunshots Smile so I decided to walk even closer to NYC. I managed to get to the pier right along the Hudson river and take the following photo:

Additional photos can be found here.