The representation and interpretation of an image is incredibly powerful. Sturken and Cartwright explore the use of images and representation as a means by which we understand and negotiate our surroundings. However, the uncertainty of these representations and the potential for miscommunication by an image is a problematic concept to grapple with. The above photograph was taken by photographer Thomas Hoepker on September 11, 2001. Hoepker was a photojournalist in Manhattan who drove to Williamsburg in an attempt to document the events that were unfolding on that day. An initial examination of the photo leads people to see a relaxed group of adults nonchalantly enjoying the sunny weather while horrific clouds of smoke billow from the World Trade Center site over the river. However, Hoepker explains that the reality of the situation was much different than what was captured in this one image. After taking many pictures that day, he reviewed his photos with his colleagues and decided against including this photo in their joint album, for he deemed this image misleading. Thus, it took approximately 5 years for this picture to be published, a time when Hoepker saw enough time distance from the actual event. When released, the photo was greeted with much controversy, Frank Rich of the New York Times writing an article criticizing the Americans in the photograph. Hoepker ultimately gave his voice to the controversy, stating that this picture is more ambiguous and confusing than it is telling of the reality of the situation. He explained that this was more about a misrepresentation of reality and a misinterpretation of a text. Thus, Hoepker’s photo exemplifies the misrepresentation of a moment in time and the subsequent misunderstanding of a text. While an unfortunately deceiving photo, I think the whole situation warrants a moment of pause to ponder the many moments of misrepresentation we face on a daily basis. Just walking through the streets of New York can expose you to situations for seconds at a time, and from those few seconds, you form a judgment and an evaluation of the situation. This is a daily occurrence that many times may just be Hoepker’s photograph playing out in real life. If we actually take time to think about how often this type of quick judgment without knowing the full context of a situation occurs, I wonder if our concept of representation and understanding could be better understood.