Could someone help me wrap

Could someone help me wrap my head around this? Both images are amazing, and I know the matter is trivial, but it’s bothering me. Take a look at this, which has become the 911 image, then take a look at this, which is from a collection of images by James Nachtwey. I keep trying to reason with my eyes, but it isn’t working. Could someone with a better eye and more knowledge of photography come up with an explanation? I’m sure it’s just something I don’t understand.

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