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I first visited Hiroshima in 2007 and I was awestruck with emotion.
My memories of Hiroshima 2007 brought me back to photograph it as it should be in 2008 – not as a ‘snapshot’ with blue skies – but a photograph – ‘an homage to the lives lost’ .
Buildings are usually photographed in their entirety.
The obvious reason is to see their scale and their shape
and how they fit into their surroundings.
This building is DIFFERENT.
This building is or should I say was the Hiroshima Library – now eerily just called the A-Dome. It is one of three surviving buildings after the atomic bomb in August 1945. My photo and I – try to show a feeling of emotion that can possibly come from a photo.
First of all, please note that the internal structure of the domed roof has miraculously survived the blast. with its
skeleton of beams which once supported an ornate dome.
My haunting part of this photo is tricky to see at first glance but like most things – when pointed out – becomes something one can’t shy their eyes from.
Take a look in the CENTRE of the photo. Their is a supporting piece of iron which once suported a wall or something like that. This solid bar of metal was superheated by the blast to become like a bendy toy and contort out of shape with the heat.
The reason why there are NO WINDOWS is not just because they shattered with the impact of the explosion. Worse than that – they did shatter – but as they shattered and the pieces flew in the air – THE HEAT OF THE EXPLOSION MELTED THEM INTO MOLTEN GLASS and the pieces melted onto the roof tiles as the tiles and glass fell to the ground.
Its totally beyond comprehension as to the heat of this area on that day on August 6th 1945.
Taken with a Nikon D80
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