In March 2010 I explored photographs and video footage of nuclear bombing tests conducted on the testing sites in Nevada by the U.S. government.
It is mostly the nature of the images that struck me about this documentation of the so-called „Survival Town“. Manekins were mounted on poles to act as dummys for the impact of the heat radiation and the shock wave, pigs and sheep were put in fences and holes in the ground and houses were built and neatly decorated to show the impact of the bomb blast near to the epicenter. I started to look at the images as they are – a strange, almost theatrical staging of a ghost town inhabited by manekins.
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