Check out this great work by MICA Alum Madeline Gray who is now a photographer for The Palm Beach Post!
The USS New York is a floating reminder of 9/11. “It’s like serving in World War II on the USS Pearl Harbor.”
Six feet 2 inches of Navy-grade muscle with forged-in-steel self-assurance to match, Command Master Chief Shawn Isbell is unquestionably a front-line kind of guy. But whenever he leads a tour of the USS New York, Isbell is no match for his emotions.
That’s because the New York is not only a warship – an amphibious landing transport dock, to be exact – but also a maritime memorial to the 2,753 people killed Sept. 11, 2001 in Lower Manhattan. During last month’s Fleet Week Port Everglades, the New York was the big draw, attracting thousands of curious South Florida civilians.
It is, quite simply, a ship unlike any other on the sea.
Its bow contains 7½ tons of steel that once upheld the Twin Towers — “We carry the DNA of 9/11 victims right in the soul of this ship,” the New York’s commanding officer likes to say —and it’s appointed with many mournful souvenirs of a disaster that rattled the world on a perfect Tuesday morning almost 13 years ago.
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(Palm Beach Post subscribers can read the complete story by Staci Sturrock at MyPalmBeachPost.com)
— Photography by Palm Beach Post photographer Madeline Gray
After graduating from MICA in 2007, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with photography so I headed to Minneapolis and worked at a portrait studio for a year. Although I learned a lot, I also learned that photographing kids all day wasn’t the right fit for me. So in typical young art school graduate fashion, I packed up and moved to New York City, without a job but with the support of lots of friends.