Behind the Lens: 360-Degree View of the World Trade Center

Behind the Lens: 360-Degree View of the World Trade Center

A unique rendering of the World Trade Center. Photo by Jin Lee.

In this series, 9/11 Memorial & Museum staff photographer Jin Lee shares his view of select photographs taken on the site.

To photograph a wide perspective of the Memorial, I went up to Liberty Park which overlooks the plaza and the surrounding World Trade Center site.

I didn’t have the proper equipment with me to capture a panoramic view with one photograph so I experimented with a standard lens. I ultimately took more than 50 still images of the site with the standard lens, and stitched them together later with editing software. I then created this “tiny planet” photo effect with that stitched panoramic image.

If you look closely you can see snowflakes falling heavily. It was such a gray day with almost no variation in the sky. The site itself was already so void of color from the falling snow that I made this photo black and white.

This part of lower Manhattan is always changing. From year to year, this same perspective would show very different scenes.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff