Of all the guests who gathered at the Front Room, in Brooklyn, last Saturday for the opening reception of photographer Stephen Mallon’s exhibition, “Brace for Impact: The Aftermath of Flight 1549,” perhaps the most notable was Denise Lockie—a passenger on the US Airways plane that crashed into the Hudson River last January.
“The reality is overwhelming,” she said of Mallon’s large-scale photographs, which detail the salvage of the plane from the water in the weeks that followed. “Knowing what we went through that day, and the emotions from everything that happened, it’s hard for me to walk through and look at the damage to the aircraft. I don’t think people realize how much damage was done to the plane.”
Mallon got the call to photograph the salvage from Weeks Marine, the crane company hired for the rescue. He spent two weeks with the company, as well as with various federal agents and firemen. “It was an exhilarating and beautiful process, but every once in a while, it’d hit me that there was a plane in the water,” he said.