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30 Aug 2016

Lightpainting radiation in Polka Magazine

My Fukushima and Chernobyl light painting photographic project is appearing in France’s Polka Magazine this month.

26 Jul 2016

Case Study: Tatyana Dorokhova

Tatyana Dorokhova has been principal of the Starye Bobovichi school for eight years now. She was out of the area at University when the Chernobyl meltdown happened 30 years ago, but returned when the cleanup was being undertaken.

20 Jul 2016

Case Study: Hiroshi Kanno

Before the Fukushima disaster, Hiroshi Kanno was a vegetable farmer from Kusano, Iitate. At his original farm, he grew 35 different kinds of vegetables. Since being evacuated, he has tried to rebuild what he can of that on a new plot of land 10km from Fukushima city, but while he can replant his vegetables, his lost community is not so easy to re sow.

12 Jul 2016

Case Study: Toru Anzai

Decontamination work in Iitate has been in full swing for a long time, and literal mountains of bags are piling up all over around the village, but despite local government keenness to lift the evacuation order and let people return, there is little appetite to return among people like Toru Anzai.

05 Jul 2016

Case Study: Mr and Mrs Sugano

Seiki Sugano and Minako Sugano always wanted to raise their children in the mountains, so their house in Ryozen, Oguni, with its plum orchard in the hills around Fukushima was perfect. At least it was, until March, 2011.

28 Jun 2016

Case Study: Kenta Sato

The Sato family has lived and worked in Iitate for generations, but it is now one of the more contaminated areas in Fukushima.

21 Jun 2016

Case Study: Sadako Monma

For two decades, Ms Sadako Monma has run a small nursery school, Soramame (meaning Beans), in Fukushima. Everything changed for her after the meltdowns at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

23 May 2016

Behind the scenes – Lighting invisible fire

Thirty years after Chernobyl and five years after Fukushima, radioactive contamination continues to impact many communities, but as the source of the problem is invisible, the relative risks remain difficult to communicate. As a result, the motivation and urgency to help those affected continues to diminish. Photography exploring the impact of nuclear disasters typically focuses on portraiture of victims, on deserted landscapes, decaying buildings, or on measurement readings on technical equipment – all of which are useful, but abstract and […]

25 Apr 2016

Nuclear Legacies: Lightpainting radioactivity

This video uses a new light painting method to explore the impacts of lingering radioactivity in Fukushima and Chernobyl-impacted Russia, on communities.

Inspired by the Immaterials project (https://vimeo.com/20412632) the process uses a custom-made LED stick, connected to a geiger counter, which shows radiation levels in the environment in real time. Coupled with a long camera exposure, we created ribbons of light around homes, businesses, and community areas in Japan and Russia.

21 Apr 2016

Light mapping Fukushima and Chernobyl radiation

After almost two years of development, my photo project using LED lights, a Geiger counter, and long exposure photography to map radiation levels in Fukushima and Chernobyl-impacted Russia is out.