Japan (One year on)
So it’s been one year since the Fukushima disaster and there have been several sources of photos that have come together and put up their work into compilations. There’s some really great images that is coming onto the net.
Time published a collection of photos of Japan, one year on, by James Nachtwey (which is what I suppose most photojournalists rely on for payment now – the one off projects). Regardless, the collection is great, with Nachtwey’s traditional subtle, detached, factual style of photography. There’s a lot of honesty in the images, coupled with a sense of calm that things have very much settled down, I love the feel of the edit.
And the same with The Big Picture, which has released it’s own collection of before and after photos.
via the Big Picture; images by Yomiuri Shimbun and Toru Yamanaka
The beautiful thing about the rest of the collection is that some of the before and after photos are absolutely jaw dropping. They’ve designed it such that you click to see the original situation and the moments that were captured were perfect; the subsequent alignment by the returning photographer was spot on too. You can see what I’m talking about if you head over to the set and click on the images from image #2 onwards. The set can be found here.
This might be slightly unrelated to the tsunami damage but I’ll write it out anyway.
I’m a history student so thinking back (and also about the present), how much have we learnt (or forgotten)? Germany and France have vowed to cut back on the number of existing nuclear reactors and all over the world there is increasing skepticism of the power of the atom. However there are still articles about India looking at it as a new, feasible source of energy and proposing construction of reactors all over the country.
And if you’ve forgotten for even the briefest moment, there’s now a rogue state dead set on getting nuclear energy and possibly onwards from there nuclear weaponry.
Have we really learnt anything?
So back to the question, how much have we really learnt?