The great French philosopher, Roland Barthes, defined punctum as a sudden prick that "shoots out" of the photograph and pierces like an arrow.
With September 11th being a couple of days away, that definition seemed especially relevant when I came across the photo that follows. Let me explain. I live about an hour away from NYC. We are a commuter town with people taking the train in daily to NYC. A beam, very similar to the one in the photo, now sits in one of our parks. The beam itself is the prick that “shoots out” and pierces like an arrow. It brings up an uncomfortable memory that reminds me of all the lives that were lost that day.