I went to New York to photograph something about 9.11. It’s been 10 years since it happened. I still remember that I was watching TV news in Japan, studying for exam for school when it happend. At first, I had no idea what’s going on, but when the second airplane was slamed into the WTC, I realized that it’s the reality, not a scene of Hollywood movies. Everything was like as if I was watching a movie or in a dream. I wish it was.
I have been to Afghanistan three times to see what’s going on there. Experiences over there made me start photography and I’m in the United States now as a photographer. I still want to go back to Afghanistan. Looks my life might have been changed by 9.11 although I didn’t notice that till now. If 9.11 had not happened, I wouldn’t have been to Afghanistan. Then I must not have started photography.
I have a friend whose dad was working for a Japanese company which was in the WTC. And he couldn’t be able to survive. I still remember my friend was talking about that when I was in a high school. I was in Japan at that time and I never thought I ended up living in the United States as a photographer. Nobody can know what’s gonna affect your life and happen in the future. Needless to say, so many people have been affected and forced to changed their life by 9.11. The world has drastically changed since 9.11. Unfortunately, looks the world has not gone right way so far. The situation is so chaotic all over the world.
What have we learned from 9.11? We just have become more conservative? We just haven’t been able to believe others? What have we been doing since then? Just hating and fighting each other? I just don’t know.
But I can say one thing. We have to make the world better place to take advantage of what happened ten years ago, not make the world worse place. I’m always skeptical about the words “Never forget 9.11.” Does this sounds like as if we’ve never forget what you did to us and we’ll revenge to you? I only feel negative meaning from this words. People may have animosity by using this word over and over unconsciously. I understand how people feel and think about being attacked. But it’s over. If we really don’t think about what we should learn from here and do something to make things better, we’ll end up doing same thing someday again. We have to move forward somehow, thinking about others, not only us.
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