The Station Nightclub Fire Memorial #2

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© mylatehope.com

This is the temporary memorial to the victims of The Station Nightclub Fire which took the lives of 100 young, outgoing people.

I used to go to this bar when it was known as "The Filling Station". It was a good little place to enjoy some drafts and perhaps some local rock music. The place was fixed up to accommodate larger national acts, usually 80's hair-bands, and I spent less and less time there. On the night of February 20, 2003 I was not there. Surprisingly, neither was my brother who was a big fan of Great White. Unfortunately the same can not be said for one of his best friends who died that night.

That is the nature of this tragedy for us Rhode Islander's - if you didn't know a victim, you know someone who does. It's tough for me to put my head around the sheer number of people who died, but what is even tougher for me to understand is how youngthey all were. My employer has a great website with many news articles about the events of that night, the aftermath, and the legal battles; but more importantly, they detail each of the victims lives - who they were and how they lived.

The 5 year anniversary of this tragedy is coming up soon, but neither I nor my home state has gotten over it yet.

Created using my Diana+ using the "endless panorama" feature with expired AGFA RSX-II slide film. Positive scanned with my Epson v700 Perfection scanner. No digital manipulation used!

11 responses

  • Traci Howard

    Traci Howard gave props (4 Dec 2007):

    This came out as a great homage to the people who lost their lives. You should do a story on this - it would be awesome.

  • Erasmo Wong

    Erasmo Wong said (6 Dec 2007):

    awesome shot!

  • Jodie Andrefski

    Jodie Andrefski gave props (7 Dec 2007):

    Wow---really moving shot Paul. Unbelievably...I don't remember even *hearing* about this. I went to the site you mentioned...so tragic. Really nice photo to show as a memorial to those lost.

  • Aubrey Collins

    Aubrey Collins gave props (8 Dec 2007):

    This is a wonderful memorial.

  • Fausto Vitali

    Fausto Vitali gave props (9 Dec 2007):

    nice composition and delicated colors

  • michaela Lewis

    michaela Lewis said (11 Dec 2007):

    Sombre, subdued colours are just right for this theme...sadly. Good shot.

  • JP Candelier

    JP Candelier said (20 Dec 2007):

    wow! you did this perfectly. nice job

  • Alexandra Muresan

    Alexandra Muresan said (6 Dec 2008):

    nice...

  • Donna Weston

    Donna Weston gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    I remember this. You did a great job on this memorial.

  • Chibelle

    Chibelle said (28 Jul 2009):

    lovely.

  • Craig Bortmas

    Craig Bortmas gave props (8 Nov 2009):

    Excellent document!

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