By Shelley Koppel
BREVARD - In 1993, on a visit to New York City, Lloyd Behrendt took photographs of the World Trade Center, as well as other landmarks. He forgot about them for nearly 20 years.
When New York gallery owner Ruthie Tucker asked him for a New York scene for an upcoming calendar, he went looking for the pictures.
"I pulled out the negative sheet," he said. "When I looked at it, I realized it was a picture from the top of the first tower, looking into the interior of the second."
Mr. Behrendt, a self-described "Air Force Brat" who was born at Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station, found the images unsettling.
"I forgot I had taken the pictures when I sat and watched 9/11 go down," he said. "I saw the plane fly into the second tower. I'm still getting shivers."
Even with the passage of time, it was difficult for Mr. Behrendt to use the negatives.
"I decided that here it was on film," he said. "I couldn't waste it. I circled around the negatives for three months before I made a print. I went on the Internet to find out what the buildings looked like and the colorings around them."
The result is the recently completed "Memory and Promise," a 20-inch by 24-inch work completed to mark the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
It will be on display at Pizza Gallery and Grill through Nov. 11.
Mr. Behrendt uses black-and-white photographs. He makes prints and adds color with oil pencils. Many of his works depict flight, both natural and man-made.
He has chronicled the space program, as well as the natural history of life on the Space Coast.
For this new work, he did something he rarely does, adding something to the scene.
"I added a flag," he said. "I don't draw much in my pictures, but my reaction when I saw the towers go down was that I thought of the flag and how it symbolized America. I called it 'Memory and Promise' because it will never happen again as long as my flag is flying free."
Mr. Behrendt has also completed a book about a family of sandhill cranes. He followed them for 140 days, using a telephoto lens.
The result is "Raisin' Crane," a book for children, and "Crane's Tail," for adults. Both use color photos to follow the first 90 days following the birth of the baby chicks. A second volume, following the next few months, will be available shortly.
Mr. Behrendt said he learned a lot from watching the birds, including the immutable fact that the males and the females have different roles.
"There's a division of labor between boys and girls," he said. "I learned so much. I think the narrative is more interesting than the pictures."
Lloyd Behrendt's tribute to the World Trade Center, "Memory and Promise," will be on view at the Pizza Gallery and Grill, 22509 Town Center, Viera, through Nov. 11. Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 633-0397.
Additional information about Lloyd Behrendt can be found at www.bluesawtooth.com.
Mr. Behrendt's books about sandhill cranes, "Raisin' Crane" and "Crane's Tale" are available at www.amazon.com.