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Latent Image #5: I am become death

Here are some stunning images of early nuclear testing from The Atlantic’s In Focus, a well curated photo blog providing context for current events. I suppose the topic at hand was prompted by the recent earthquakes in Japan that have reminded everybody about the latent destructive power of nuclear energy. You can view the full set with more information about each photo here.

US Department of Defense

Associated Press

National Nuclear Security Administration

US Department of Defense

US Department of Defense

The last image is a photograph of physicist Robert Oppenheimer, considered the father of the atomic bomb, working on “The Gadget” in 1945. Twenty years later, he famously described his feelings about his role in the development of nuclear weapons with the following words from a Hindu scripture:

Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

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Latent Image #4

German photographer Werner Amann seems to occupy a world ruled by dusk. Even his daytime photography retains an eerie world-gone-to-bed feel. Explore the loneliness below and visit his website for more.

werner amann

werner amann

werner amann

werner amann latent image 4

werner amann

werner amann latent image 4

werner amann latent image 4

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Latent Image #3

The skyward gazing Slovak photographer Branislav Kropilak possesses that rare talent for seeing common objects in ways that most people don’t.  In this series he transforms billboards from annoying, over-sized advertising media into compelling abstract geometric shapes. Some of these might even be space ships – who knows?

branislav kropilak

branislav kropilak

View more of his work here.

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Latent Image #2 – Rengim Mutevellioglu

Rengim Mutevellioglu is a photographer living in Paris who was born in Russia in 1991. 1991. Today I learned people born in the nineties are now Grown Up people who are Making Things.

Edit: I had to add this image which I found on his BOOOOOOOM page.

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

Visit his personal website to view more images.

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Latent Image #1 – Noah Kalina

Welcome to Latent Image, Surfwaco’s first weekly feature. Every Monday we’ll focus on the work of a different photographer, living or dead.  The term latent image describes the invisible image produced on film after it is exposed to light and before it is developed. So it doesn’t apply at all to modern digital photography but it sounds cool and I thought if I named the series I’d have a better chance of remembering to post every week. Here goes!

Our first artist is Noah Kalina, a Brooklyn-based photographer with a knack for capturing moments. This series is called “Scenes.” Each photograph seems to tell a part of a story and just how the circumstances described within each frame came to be is left entirely to your imagination.

noah kalina scenes

noah kalina scenes

noah kalina scenes

View the full set here.

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