It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since Princess Diana died in a car crash in this Paris tunnel under the Place de L’Alma. I remember the weekend well — visiting my boyfriend in sultry Miami over the long Labor Day weekend — and how we couldn’t turn ourselves away from the news on TV. Before 9/11 it was the single greatest sense of shared tragedy that I had ever experienced and it still resonates for me — how quickly even the most gracious among us can be sent out of this world.
I shot this photo in February of this year. If you look closely you can see an engraving in the stone railing, “In Memory of Diana”. The place has a lingering sense of tragedy about it. But the traffic flows, the world has moved on. And she is not coming back.