© Clay Lipsky, undated, Atomic Overlook

"This series recontextualizes a legacy of atomic tests in order to keep the reality of our post-atomic era fresh and omnipresent. It also speaks to the current state of the world and the voyeuristic culture we live in.

Imagine if the advent of the atomic era occured during today’s information age. Tourists would gather to view bomb tests, at the ‘safe’ distances used in the 1950s, and share the resulting cell phone photos online. Broadcast media would regurgitate such visual flodder ad nauseum, bringing new levels of desensitization.

The threat of atomic weapons is as great as ever, but it is a hidden specter. Nuclear proliferation has gained even more obscurity through the ‘rogue’ factions that can now possess them.

Meanwhile America’s stockpile of weapons continues to be modernized and will probably never cease to exist. I can only hope that mankind will never again suffer the wrath of such a destructive force, but it is clear that the world would not hesitate to watch.” (Clay Lipsky)