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The time of the photo was approximately 5:30pm and nearly 17 hours later both towers were gone. We had borrowed the camera and I was unfamiliar with the settings so it was only when we returned home to Ireland and had the photos developed that we realised the date settings had been switched on and all the snaps of our New York visit contained the date within the picture. The date which is not in the American format uniquely transforms this otherwise unremarkable holiday snap. The presence of the date gives it a sense of eeriness due to the impending carnage that was soon to follow. I also think the date has the appearance of a timer counting down the dying moments of an old world since replaced by the tense and paranoid world we live in today.

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Taken on August 16, 2011