Visualizing The Electric Grid
This is an excellent reference for where your electricity comes from. Also note the unused potentials of solar and wind energy.
Abbey Hepner on Feature Shoot
Nuclear Books and Films
Click on the images for their link.
Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade When we first moved to Japan, I was reading a lot of news regarding the French war in Mali. France's deep ties to Mali are due to its ownership of uranium mines there. Of course the resource war has extended into Niger as well. This is a fascinating read for those who want a good background in regards to the politics and violence behind the uranium trade.
Radiance of France I read this book in France while making the film Scars On The Landscape. The book is interesting for those who like French history or want to understand how nuclear energy plays a very important part in typical French politics. Reading this book in conjunction with the above book will give more insight into current international conflicts surrounding uranium.
The Rise of Nuclear Fear I reviewed this book on this blog back in November, 2012 but I continue to reference it a lot in my research. Despite some issues I have with what the author intentionally leaves out, read the book for the interesting references to pop-culture and be aware of Mr. Weart's agenda.
Uranium, War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped The World This continues to be a favorite book of mine. I purchased it as an mp3 so I could listening to it while driving through New Mexico. Fascinating, well researched and entertaining.
Yellow Dirt I am almost finished with this book. I am not a huge fan of the narrator for the audio book and it is dramatically slower than the book Uranium (above) but the information regarding Native American history and uranium mining is really interesting.
Strong In The Rain, Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster I read this book the first month I got to Japan. It consists of personal stories, that make it more entertaining, and leads into some visions for the future. Read it to connect to the personal, emotional aspects of the disaster and not scientific or factual information. I found myself tearing up particularly in the sections regarding assistance that the U.S. Navy provided after the tsunami. While I was living in Japan, I consistently found Japanese people to be incredibly respectful and gracious. They did a lot to thank volunteers and this book touches on that.
Atomic States of America Worth watching for some potentially true theories and to support the reason why many individuals are very concerned with the health effects of nuclear energy. Like many of these documentaries, I found the film to be problematic in the way it plays into emotion and sidesteps scientific facts.
Full Body Burden I haven't read this book yet but it is on my list before going to Denver, CO in July. The many reported radiation leaks and problems in the Rocky Mountain Flats site has made it a major site of remediation. Interestingly enough, a huge area has been designated as a "Wildlife Preserve." Some theories point towards that designation as a way for officials to get out of completing a full remediation on the damaged landscape.
Radioactivists This is a documentary I saw in Berlin by two Germans who filmed all the protests happening in Japan regarding nuclear energy. News reports after Fukushima continually reported that despite the disaster, the Japanese still agreed with nuclear energy and that there was no uprising from citizens. One of the protests that happened while I was in Japan consisted of over 70,000 protestors. News is false. LINK HERE
Uranium Is It A Country? This is a documentary about Uranium mining in Australia. I really enjoyed the film. It exposes some politics happening in Australia, a country that exports tons of uranium to other countries but does not use nuclear energy itself. Watch the entire documentary online HERE
That's it for now, I'll update with more in the future.
I have been working on the development of a very large project that will take place primarily in Waynesboro, Georgia where the first U.S. nuclear plant in 30 years is being constructed. This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the very gracious Puffin Foundation, Ltd. That project will coincide with work at Savannah River Site, my final destination for a body of work I have been doing this summer documenting the locations where the highest amount of radioactive waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant comes from.
As of this week I have documented the following:
WIPP in Carlsbad, NM
Urenco in Eunice, NM (The only U.S. Uranium Enrichment Facility)
Andrews County Disposal Site in Andrews, TX (Only facility permitted for all three types of low-level radioactive waste and the site now storing radioactive waste while WIPP is closed due to the recent leak.)
Los Alamos National Lab
Idaho National Laboratory
Nevada Test Site
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Rocky Flats Environmental Site
In conjunction with the future project in Waynesboro, GA:
Vogtle Nuclear Plant
Savannah River Site
This body of work consists of hours of film footage tracing the interstate highway between these locations as well as a series of final images of each location, which I will make into Uranotypes (an archaic photo process that uses uranium) in a lab in NYC the first week of August.
I have ventured off the path to explore the many historical connections that the nuclear power industry has with the nuclear weapons industry. This is the joy of going to graduate school in a place with so much history! I recently visited Project Gnome in Loving, NM and Yeso Elementary School and Fallout Shelter in Artesia, NM.
For the future:
Mark 17 bomb accident site, Abq, NM
L Bar Disposal Cell, Grants, NM
Homestake Uranium Mill tailings pile, Grants, NM
Quivera Uranium Mill and disposal cell, Grants, NM
Church Rock tailings spill, Gallup, NM (second only to Chernobyl in the amount of radiation released?)
Crescent Junction Disposal Cell near Moab, UT (came from Atlas that poisoned water)
Green River Uranium Disposal UT
Gasbuggy test site, Dulce, NM
This is modern life.
....this is modern life?
Maui, Destination for Cremated Ashes
Working on images I shot last month in Maui. I hiked Mt. Haleakalā, a large volcano (over 10,000 ft. in elevation) where many people go to scatter cremated ashes.
“It is in dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value. Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us.”
― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness